A firsthand account of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden is coming out Sept. 11, written under a pseudonym by an ex-Navy SEAL who participated in the raid and was there for the Al-Qaeda chief’s death, the New York Times reports.
In “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden,“ author ”Mark Owen“ will ”set the record straight” on the May 2011 raid in Pakistan, publisher Dutton said.
The book will give a “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,” according to a description provided to the Times. The names of other SEALs involved in the mission have been changed for protection purposes as well.
“While written in the first person, my experiences are universal,” the author said, according to ABC News. “It is time to set the record straight about one of the most important missions in U.S. military history. No Easy Day is the story of ‘the guys,’ the human toll we pay, and the sacrifices we make to do this dirty job.”
Described as a “team leader” who was “one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist leader’s hideout,” Owen completed 13 combat deployments since the Sept. 11 terror attacks before retiring in the last year, the Times reported. He plans to donate the majority of the book’s proceeds to charities to help the families of fallen Navy SEALs, according to ABC.
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