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No Easy Day by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer
Mark Owen’s account of the Navy SEAL raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan and the killing of Osama bin Laden (OBL) is a powerful, must-read account. In spite of the uproar over whether Owen’s book violated secrecy laws and that trust of the U.S. Government and military, it’s a gem of an autobiography that anyone, from SEAL fans to those who want to know the truth about OBL’s killing should read.
Given the amount of media leakage that occurred following the raid, including revelations of the SEAL’s involvement hours after the attack and identification of the author’s real name in the media, it’s understandable why Owen wanted to set the record straight after watching the media spin fanciful stories of what happened. The uproar against a retired SEAL who legally vetted the text for sensitive information is hypocritical given that no public action has been taken against anyone currently in uniform or serving in the administration who have leaked far more revealing information about the decade-long pursuit of OBL.
I definitely recommend this book and give it high marks — 5 stars. Better the truth from one who was there than the spin provided by the administration, by Hollywood through movies such as the upcoming “Zero Dark Thirty,” or the media’s talking heads. That Owen tried to honor his fellow SEALs who put their lives on the line without the recognition they deserve day in and day out and is donating proceeds from the book to charities that support SEAL families is an added bonus.
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