Navy SEAL's book gives first-person account of bin Laden raid

U.S. and NATO forces watch from the Pax Terminal at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan as it is announced that Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan on May 1, 2011.


By Published: August 22, 2012

Slated to be released on Sept. 11, a book about the military raid that killed Osama bin Laden gives a "blow-by blow" account of the mission with details provided by a Navy SEAL who was a team leader in the operation.

According to a New York Times report, the SEAL co-authoring the book, "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden," is using the pseudonym "Mark Owen" and changed the names of other SEALs in the narrative for security reasons.

The first-person narrative chronicles the May 2, 2011, events including the helicopter crash at bin Laden's complex in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where "Owen" says he was nearly killed. It also includes details about the raid, the flight out of Pakistan and the call announcing bin Laden's death.

Publishing executives told the Times that they are expecting a major best seller and that "Owen" will disguise himself in forthcoming television and radio interviews.

Source: The New York Times