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

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  25,555 ratings  ·  3,009 reviews
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, ope
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Hardcover, 316 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Dutton Adult (first published January 1st 2012)
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Auntee
Sep 14, 2012 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of memoirs, current events, or even romance readers who enjoy reading about military heroes
Every now and then I like to take a break from reading romance, and since I do enjoy a good military romance, I thought I'd be interested in getting the low-down from a real military hero. No Easy Day is an autobiography/memoir from retired Navy SEAL Mark Owen (his alias) that largely deals with the operation to capture/kill Osama Bin Laden.

The author (in disguise) being interviewed on "60 Minutes"...
markowen1

The book was always interesting, and it grabs you from the first chapters as members of SEAL Te
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Roger
A quick, unimpressive read from a literary point of view. Nearly half the book covers events loosely or not related to the Usama bin Laden (UBL) mission.

If all you want is the account of the preparation for and execution of the raid on Bin Laden's compound, you can start roughly halfway through the book and not miss anything specifically pertinent. The narrative with regard to the raid that killed UBL, as a first-hand account of the events is enlightening in its contradictions to some of the ma
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Hadrian
This is not a well-written book, nor is it even an exciting one, but it brings up several important questions.

The man's exploits are exciting and laudable, but the writing style does them little credit. Only the last few chapters go into any depth on the raid itself. The ghost writer did a rather substandard job at taking the author's stories and turning them into a readable book. There are some interesting technical bits near the beginning, but most of the rest is rather dry stuff. Mr. Owens'
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Jeff Emanuel
FEW BOOKS HAVE generated as much buzz in as short a time as No Easy Day by Mark Owen,* a former Navy SEAL who participated in the mission that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. While media have understandably focused on the bin Laden narrative, and the differences between it and the Obama administration's story of the raid, it's important to note something about this book at the outset: While Operation Neptune Spear (ONS), the bin Laden mission, is the hook (and a singularly effective one ...more
Remittance Girl
Sep 09, 2012 Remittance Girl rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Navy Seal Buffs, People who Hate Obama
This is a review of the book, not of the author

I feel I have to title my review this way because although I'm very glad this event happened, and I have boundless admiration for the people who participated in the raid, including the author, I can't honestly say it was a great book.

To be fair to 'Mark Owen', his ghostwriter, Kevin Maurer, does bear some responsibility for taking a tired, pseudo-action-thriller approach to the story. The first half of the book is a very mediocre, dramatized 'monta
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Robert Kloosterhuis
Many may disagree with this book being written, with Matt Bissonnette breaking his oath of secrecy as a Seal and a member of the US Armed Forces. I am in no doubt that he has indeed done so. He has publicly stated, and does so in the book, that his reasons are first and foremost that he felt such an important mission should be documented and in the public domain. He knew he would catch a lot of flack for it. He decided to sacrifice his own honor for the public good - the good of reminding all of ...more
Samantha
I think this is an important book that needs to be read, the same way the Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell needs to be read. With that said, it started off a little rough for me. I felt like I was in a debriefing room, very cold and no depth. That changed at the 40% mark and his personality came through. I also think you can't say or type this isn't political. It's all political no matter the party in the White House.

I read this book not so much to read the 'facts' about the mission, I wanted to
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Rhianna
I Know the controversy. I've also been on the fence about whether I wanted to read it, but curiosity won. What can I say? It was a short fence.

I was captivated by the story and didn't want to put it down. In fact, I had just made it to the point where they were about to hit the third floor of the compound when the pilot mentioned we were beginning our final descent and all electronic devices needed to be turned off. NOOOOOoOoOOoOoOoOoOo! Did I mention it was a three hour flight? Yeah. Captivate
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Mitch
Jun 21, 2013 Mitch added it
So I saw someone reading this on the train the other day, and we ended up talking about it, and the whole conversation reminded me I never did write a review for No Easy Day. D'oh! Well here it is. As always, I don't rate nonfiction, but in this case it's a cop out as much as my personal policy because I wholeheartedly agree with the criticisms of the book, but I also believe Mark Owen wrote this exactly the way he intended to, and in a way, it's like how do you criticize someone for writing exa ...more
Mary
“I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions.”

I had mixed feelings about purchasing and reading this book. I saw ‘Mark’ interviewed, but I wanted to see why a Seal would write a book about a Seal mission. I thought there was a code among the Seals, so I googled and found this sentence included in the Seals code: “I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions.” My concern was about a Seal writing about a Seal mission.

But . . . I a
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Kate August
After finishing the book, I can honestly say that there was nothing revealed in this book, that I haven't already seen on the History channel a dozen times. The person who revealed the details to the mission, was our own President and his band of merry minions. I know the SEALs have a code about not discussing their work, but I'm curious as to what the expiration date on that silence is. Many SEALs have told their stories in books and never garnered such negative reactions.
The book is very inter
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Dave Schultz
very good read....the chapters about the raid on bin laden are off the charts. highly recommend
Marti Garlett
I'm conflicted about this book. It was a fascinating book. I read it in a day. It was also a disturbing book. It's not just about the killing of Osama bin Laden, though that is written in graphic detail, way more than was necessary I thought but at least we know now why no pictures were released. It's really an autobiography of the author's decade as a SEAL. He capitalizes on the Bin Laden raid by using it in his title. There's a bit of arrogance that comes through, particularly in the epilogue. ...more
Morgan
I read this book in one sitting. It is both short and hard to put down, which was an excellent choice on the part of the authors. While not great, the writing style is just passable enough to not get in the way too often (although I didn't really need to be told seven times that SEALs wear 60 lbs of gear--once was enough). But this is a book that you read because it is topical, historical, and eye opening, not because of the writing quality.

The book is also well structured to give as detailed an
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Matt
I always enjoy a good book that shows some of the behind the scenes as they relate to historical or political events. In this book, the author known as Mark Owen paints a good picture of the life of a Navy SEAL that culminates in the killing of Osama Bin Laden. The lead-up to its release surely pushed it to the top of the best seller's list, which is solely the fault of the DOD and the Pentagon. Let them have their freak out session and quit their bitching! It seems as though some within the US ...more
Bonnie E.
No Easy Day is no great book. But it does provide a first hand account of a mission which many of us would consider heroic and extremely dangerous and absolutely necessary. The dissonance created in reading this book is due to the incredible nature of the story in contrast to the dull writing style in which it is presented. But the story won out for me and I read the book in one sitting.

Much of the book is devoted to the author's accounts of his grueling training as a Navy SEAL, which does provi
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Bruce
loved this book. couldn't hardly put it down.

If you've read and liked any of the Green Team books by Richard Marcinko, I'd highly recommend this one too.
Jarrod Jenkins
No Easy Day tells the tale of a Navy SEAL’s life. This particular author, who uses an alias in an ultimately futile attempt to hide his true identity, was a SEAL for about ten years. As part of his career, he participated in the mission that successfully killed Osama Bin Laden, codenamed Operation Neptune Spear.

After years of training and hundreds of missions, “Mark Owen” entered a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan along with 23 other SEALs, an interpreter, an explosives guy, and a combat dog nam
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Ethan Harris
"No Easy Day" by Mark Owen (a pseudonym) is published by Dutton Adult. It is the story of a Navy SEAL, an elite special operations warrior with its climax in the story of the raid and death of Osama Bin Laden.

Immediately striking is the author's ability to picture himself as a real, flawed person. He shows appreciation for others in his line of work without painting them as either unbelievably superhuman or as some kind of fringe military extremists. The characters are revealed to be dedicated t
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thewanderingjew
The author seems sincere in his effort to describe the Seal experience. One thing comes through very clearly; the arduous training and dedication of the Seals is of the highest order. The book reads like a novel. In its honesty, it is totally refreshing. Being a whistleblower is not easy and I can’t help but wonder who gave away his identity. The book was originally attributed to Mark Owen, an assumed name. His real name is Matt Bissonnette

The Pentagon and some military spokespeople have portray
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Mike (the Paladin)
This is an excellent, informative book. The author makes it a point to tell us that it's not about him alone but about and dedicated to all the Special Ops men and women in the U.S. armed forces. The book bears that out.

From a back story that gives us a look at this specific SEAL's life the book leads us to the raid that brought about the end of the search for Osama Bin Laden.

I don't think you'll have much trouble reading this one. The story is an interesting one it draws you into the life of
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David Toub


I literally read this in the first 24 hours after it was released. It's not a long read, and overall is often very engaging and interesting. I agree with the author that it was not meant as a "political" book. At said, it is very clear that despite making an extremely difficult and ballsy decision, President Obama is not well-regarded by the author or, presumably, his colleagues. I suspect that the culture of DevGru is such that any leader who is not regarded as a strong backer of the military
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Kavan Peterson
Like any skeptic news consumer I assumed the "official" version of how OBL had his brains blown out by Navy Seals was highly distorted at best and totally inaccurate at worst. I didn't doubt that they killed him but I hoped the official story wasn't a complete fairy tale dramatization like the Jessica Lynch rescue or an outright lie like the Pat Tillman coverup. I couldn't give a rat's ass if the Seals gunned him down in cold blood or shot him in self defense, and I doubt anyone else in America ...more
Heather
The media has hyped this book up to be more than it is... It was an okay read, but no more information is shared than has been covered by the media. SEAL Team Six is a covert team for a reason so do not expect this book to expose any secrets. Being a military spouse I could identify with parts of this book, but I think it might lose those who are not integrally involved with a military member.
Samrat
The book is a bit of a letdown. It gives an insight into the life of a Navy SEAL and only a broad overview of the actual mission, which incidentally, happens to be the title of the book. Only a small portion of the book actually deals with the mission. After reading it, I feel that an account of the CIA Analyst who tracked Bin Laden down would make a more interesting read.
Neil Hepworth
This book is a mess.

First, though, like several other reviewers, I feel the need to point out that I’m reviewing the book, not the events nor the soldier.

I completely understand why this book was published. Just think of the editor who saw the notes for this book cross his desk: the personal memoir of a Navy SEAL who was literally in the room with Osama bin Laden’s freshly bullet-riddled body. I’m sure this book is gold. And yet, it is a fool’s gold, for nothing of substance exists in these page
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Gianna
Sep 10, 2012 Gianna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

No Easy Day discloses what really happened during the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden from one of the Navy Seals who was there. He tells us about his training to qualify for Seal Team Six, missions in Iraq & Afghanistan since September 11, 2001, his role in the rescue of Captain Phillips, and pranks played during off time when deployed. I've always respected the men and women who serve in the military, but this boo
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Chrissy
This book was fast-paced, easy to read, and kept up my interest throughout. I decided to read this book based on the fact I was tired of reading/hearing about other people's views of the book. There was only one accurate way to judge this book and that was by reading it myself instead of relying on Joe Blow's take. While I don't necessarily believe the author was telling the whole truth regarding the operation, I knew from the start all the crap the politicians and media were saying about the ra ...more
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No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer

Before I start with the formal review, let me state that my goal for all my reviews is to provide fellow readers with an honest assessment of the quality of the book. It has nothing to do with my feelings about whether the author should have written the book or not. I have the utmost respect and admiration for these young heroes. I am in awe of what they do and I thank them from the bottom
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Candace Salima
Mar 03, 2013 Candace Salima rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 16 and Up
Like most Americans I had an insatiable curiosity about the men who took down Osama bin Laden. Unlike most Americans I didn’t actively seek the information because I knew how dangerous it would be for the men who put their lives on the line, day in and day out, to keep America safe. No Easy Day: The Autobriography of a Navy SEAL is the autobiography of Navy SEAL Team Six team (DEVGRU) team leader, Mark Owens (which is not his real name by the way). It is also a firsthand account of the mission t ...more
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