Posted:  Aug. 21, 2014

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin LadenFor 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.


I found this book to be interesting in that it was not so much of an individual story as what we accomplished as a team. The friendships made and the sacrifices for the team, family and for the country. This story was a little different than some of the Navy Seals stories, not much was made of the training, very little was talked about his family and I found it interesting that when he spoke of the different missions he was on he was always talking about the other guys doing their job. To me when he said he was a team leader it goes to show you that he stepped back and gave the team credit not one individual that the job could not have accomplished if we all did not do are job and if need to come to the aid to someone who needed help. When he was describing the mission and the practicing for Bin Laden. It made sense when he said the biggest obstacle to overcome was the failed mission from the hostages in Iran and how they had to show not the military people but the politicians that this mission will be successful. For me that was very insightful, I had never even thought of that. I was also impressed with the way they handle the helicopter crash and how everyone exited and got into place to enter the buildings, there was no panic. I also thought that it was smart that they picked all men with many years of experience so they had all had been on so many missions they were prepared from the time from when they were chosen to the night operation. A good book.

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