No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden

Hardcover | September 4, 2012

byMark Owen, Kevin Maurer

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For the first time anywhere, the first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moment

From the streets of Iraq to the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean, and from the mountaintops of Afghanistan to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden’s compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group — commonly known as SEAL Team Six — has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines.

No Easy Day puts readers alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the twenty-four-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives. The blow-by-blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended Owen’s life straight through to the radio call confirming Bin Laden’s death, is an essential piece of modern history.

In No Easy Day, Owen also takes readers onto the field of battle in America’s ongoing War on Terror and details the selection and training process for one of the most elite units in the military. Owen’s story draws on his youth in Alaska and describes the SEALs’ quest to challenge themselves at the highest levels of physical and mental endurance. With boots-on-the-ground detail, Owen describes numerous previously unreported missions that illustrate the life and work of a SEAL and the evolution of the team after the events of September 11. In telling the true story of the SEALs whose talents, skills, experiences, and exceptional sacrifices led to one of the greatest victories in the War on Terror, Mark Owen honors the men who risk everything for our country, and he leaves readers with a deep understanding of the warriors who keep America safe.

And look for NO HERO, the follow-up to NO EASY DAY, coming May 2014.

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For the first time anywhere, the first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final momentFrom the streets of Iraq to the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean, and from the mountaintops of Afghanistan to the third fl...

Mark Owen is a former member of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team Six. In his many years as a Navy SEAL, he has participated in hundreds of missions around the globe, including the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean in 2009. Owen was a team leader on Operation Neptune Spea...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.3 × 1.38 inPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0525953728

ISBN - 13:9780525953722


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Well written and great series of stories leading up to Osama's undoing. I found it to be a great read.
Date published: 2015-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book No one can ever really truley appreciate what these men do for us, unless they have someway or another; experianced what they have experianced. This book walks you through what these men went through as they took down the man behind 9-11.It also shows truth of what happened, not what the media said happened. Modern day media, they make up stories based on a rumor and display it as a fact for millions of impressionable people to see and instantly believe. I am glad this book was written so people can know what actually happened, and it was very well written. Thank you.
Date published: 2015-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love true stories. I always enjoy reading books about true stories. It is great to know what a great hero goes through. We can always appreciate what our Military does for us and keep our freedom.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No Easy Day Better than the movie A lot ore detail in the planning stage of the operations Fast pace good read Mike
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Easy Day Bought the book while overseas when it first came out but just got around to it. I Loved it
Date published: 2014-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read, easy ready Like many other readers, this was hard to put down. It's written in a straightforward manner. Great insight into the life of a SEAL and this particular mission.
Date published: 2014-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :-) Great read. Nice to read about the teams and how they work together.
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from :-) a detailed account about the mission which breaks all conspiracies about how osama bin laden was killed. after reading this book, instead of being interested in the entire bin laden mission i was more amaze by what actually were the navy seals and what was their training like. This book became more like a navy seal tell it all kind of biography which involved a mission call capturing osama bin larden. If you somehow didn't like reading about warfare, guns and more high tech equipments that the navy seals used it probably would be better to just watch the movie "Zero Dark Thirty" but i enjoyed both.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great account of SEALs and Operation Neptune Spear Excellent first person account
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No easy day Not as great read as I thought it would be
Date published: 2013-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent It's always great reading a first hand account, especially from someone with a great deal of integrity. Even if only half of what is in this book was true (and I believe it's a lot higher than that) it would still be an incredible read. So much respect for these guys that do what so many of us can't even imagine. Thanks to them, we can sit on in our easy chairs, scotch in hand and read about what greater men than us have done. Thank you Mr. "Owen" and thanks to all the brave men and women that protect us every day.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from No Easy Day great book !
Date published: 2013-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing This is a huge inspiration. I, I just do t know what to say. Reading this book was so amazing in the whole story just put me in awe. The story of how Seals sacrificed their lives is truly breathtaking. I will pray for all that have been involved and all that have-will be affected by these missions.
Date published: 2013-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing Great story, engaging and very realistic.
Date published: 2013-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No easy day Not a bad book. The author's style leaves a bit to be desired but for a guy who has spent the last 11 years killing people and has no experience writing I think he did an okay job. Its my understanding that the author was quite limited in what he could disclose and that def shows. Its too bad we will never get the whole story behind this thing. With that said, if you are wanting to learn more about these events or want a quick and fun read you'll enjoy this.
Date published: 2013-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting. Couldn't put it down. Nice intro to the life as a SEAL. Full of pride but not proud or boastful. This is not a story about killing Osama, but life of a SEAL member who happen to be at the right place at the right time.
Date published: 2013-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than Hollywood. Very well written account of the Navy SEALS and the take down of Osama bin Laden without the media spin. These guys actually do things young men dream of doing. Could hardly put the book down.
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Easy Day Fabulous read. It is finally good to see what our soldiers go through for our freedom. We are so lucky to have such willing people to protect our countries. Everybody should support our veterans and their families.
Date published: 2013-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from don't quit your day job book sucked and the writer needs to go back to writing school.
Date published: 2013-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Once I started couldn't put this one down.
Date published: 2013-04-01
Rated out of 5 by from just picked it up .
Date published: 2012-09-20
Rated out of 5 by from Bought this on my Kobo Arc. Its a pretty sick book.
Date published: 2012-09-10
Rated out of 5 by from I ordered it then found out it is not in stock even though web site says it`s in stock.
Date published: 2012-09-05
Rated out of 5 by from my next read
Date published: 2012-09-01

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Editorial Reviews

"This harrowing, minute-by-minute account by one of the highly trained members of Navy SEAL Team Six is narrative nonfiction at its most gripping, taking the reader through the mountains of Afghanistan and inside the slightly dilapidated-looking family compound in Pakistan." - Entertainment Weekly“The bin Laden story is the marquee event in No Easy Day, of course. But the formative steps in the author’s own story are just as gripping. Mr. Owen’s new information about the Abbottobad attacks adds a human element to much of what has been previously reported. There is no better illustration in No Easy Day that SEALs are ruthless pragmatists. They think fast. They adapt to whatever faces them. They do what they have to do.” –Janet Maslin, New York Times“The book is a stomach-twisting close-up look at that historic mission in Abbottabad, told from the point of view of a super-elite member of SEAL Team Six who fired a bullet into bin Laden and helped carry away the corpse. Written in clean, polished prose... No Easy Day often reads like a gripping novel as the author recounts remarkably vivid details... No Easy Day puts you right there for every tense moment.” –Entertainment Weekly" ...A cast of characters, including Owen himself, artfully drawn, yet painfully human, passionate descriptions of a lifestyle that few are privy to, as well as its breathlessly paced, inexorable march toward an inevitable ending…it's a remarkably intimate glimpse into what motivates men striving to join an elite fighting force like the SEALS — and what keeps them there.” -Associated Press“Make no mistake: No Easy Day is an important historic document. Think if we had a first-person account of the last minutes of Hitler in his bunker. No Easy Day is brisk and compelling in its telling of the training, execution and immediate aftermath of the Bin Laden mission by the elite Seal Team Six.” -Los Angeles Times “[Mark Owen] has given us a brave retelling of one of the most important events in U.S. military history.”  -People Magazine “The writing is fast-paced, and Owen and Maurer tell some good yarns in a conversational style. They also neatly capture the camaraderie, the pranks, the constant training and the evident love that the men of SEAL Team 6 have for their jobs." -Washington Post