There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the book No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer.
Synopsis from Amazon:
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.
Some feel that the author broke the SEALs’ code of silence. Some feel that it was his story to tell…about the rigors of training, the extreme level of danger, and their dedication to our county.
I for one believe that the SEALs, and all troops for that matter, deserve the utmost respect. They put themselves and everything else in their lives aside for their country. If the author felt that he needed to tell his story, then I think he should be able to tell it. If it was told for just for monetary gain, then that will be his cross to bear. I dare say he has alienated some of the soldiers he served with in the past and is already dealing with the consequences of his actions. I have not read the book yet and wouldn’t recognize a security breach if I saw it, but I can only hope that the information provided isn’t something that our enemies can use for their benefit.
That being said, I am not totally against reading this book. The subject matter is very compelling to me. I would like your opinions though…Would you read it and why?
- IN THE MEDIA: No Easy Day: The Only First-hand Account of the Navy Seal Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden by Mark Owen (booktopia.com.au)
- SEAL Charity Refuses Book Profits (newser.com)
- SEAL: OBL raid not a kill-only mission (cbsnews.com)