A new insider account of the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama Bin Laden is set to be released on the anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, according to publisher Dutton, an imprint of Penguin.
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden is described as a comprehensive first-person retelling of the raid by one of the Navy SEALS involved in the mission. It will arrive in bookstores on Sept. 11
The SEAL uses the pen name “Mark Owen” for security reasons. The names of the other SEALs involved have also been changed.
The book will chronicle the soldier’s life from his childhood in Alaska through his SEAL training and include details of other secret missions in addition to the story of the Bin Laden raid.
CIA and Defense Department officials claimed they had no knowledge of the project. George Little, a spokesman at the Pentagon, told the Washington Post, “As far as we can determine, this book was not submitted for pre-publication review.”
The New York Times said Dutton had kept the book under tight wraps, only offering its sales staff a detailed description on Wednesday.
A major rollout is planned, including a 300,000-copy first printing and primetime network TV interviews (with Owen appearing in disguise), according to The Times.
The book will arrive just as the presidential campaign is heating up with the conclusion of the two party conventions. The Republican Convention in Tampa runs Aug. 27-30. The Democrats hold their convention in Charlotte from Sept. 3-6.
Books about the SEALS have been big sellers since the raid. Seal Team Six, by Howard Wasdin and Stephen Templin shot up the bestseller lists after it arrived in bookstores just weeks after the raid.
The book arrives just months before the much-anticipated film on the raid Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow, arrives in theaters in December.
Zero Dark Thirty has been the center of a heated controversy over both its release date and the its contents. The movie was originally scheduled to be released in October but Republicans complained it was a move by the filmmakers to tilt the election to Obama.
Republican congressmen also accused the White House of leaking Bigelow and her screenwriter Mark Boal classified documents about the raid to help them in making the movie.
The No Easy Day co-writer is Kevin Maurer, a well-respected author of two previous books on the fighting in Afghanistan.
Maurer has another book on a similar subject, Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America’s Elite Special Forces, about the army’s elite Green Berets –arriving in bookstores just a week before No Easy Day.
Gentleman Bastards will be published by Berkeley, another imprint at Penguin.