“No Easy Day”
Barb and I enjoyed the movie “Zero Dark Thirty,” so I was eager to explore the same subject from a slightly different perspective. “ZDT” tells of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden from the perspective of a eager young CIA analyst. “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account Of The Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden” gives a different take on the story, as the subtitle suggests.
I guess this is more accurately an audiobook recommendation, but since I listened to an unabridged version, it should work for a book recommendation, too.
I selected this audiobook because I wanted an adventure that would keep me interested and involved, and this book did not disappoint. It was even motivating. It’s easy to forget the aches and pains of a 25-mile run when you’re listening to the training hardships endured by Navy SEALs.
The book was written under the pseudonym of Mark Owen, although his true identity of Matt Bissonnette quickly became public. Since the author was a SEAL taking part in classified operations, he was supposed to have his writings vetted. But he gives a detailed explanation of how he had the work reviewed outside of the usual channels and why he felt justified in its writing.
Bissonnette’s breach of protocol has garnered quite a bit of attention in itself. Here is one critique of his decision to write the book.
The book tells of Bissonnette’s career in the Navy, his SEAL training and many of his other missions, including his part in the freeing of the captain of the hijacked “Maersk Alabama.”
The portion devoted to the bin Laden mission was enthralling. And it was fun to compare the CIA analyst described in this book with the one portrayed in “ZDT.”
I didn’t necessarily agree with all of what Bissonnette wrote, but the book was both inspirational and entertaining. And in the end, that’s a book worth reading.