No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden, the memoir released by Dutton in early September, 2012, is very significant because it’s the first book about the mission that led to the death of Osama Bin Laden (OBL) written by someone who actually experienced the event first hand.

People who say, “It’s a grunt’s perspective” are wrong. “Grunt” is Army or USMC slang for an infantryman, and the author, a U.S. Navy SEAL, is a sailor, not a soldier. But accuracy of terms aside, “a grunt’s perspective” doesn’t come close to doing the book justice. It’s a warrior’s perspective, complete with the raw, nostril-burning stink of death.

War can be hell on earth. That’s where Special Operations (Spec Ops) and Unconventional Warfare come into play. Spec Ops warriors thrive on adversity and all have gone through their own version of rite of passage to become part of their unit. Once the bastard children of the military, Spec Ops warriors have become central to the way war is waged today. How else can we hope to defeat enemies that have no borders or rulebook?

Many Are Quick to Judge

A lot of people, including those in Special Operations, will be quick to criticize the author of No Easy Day without even reading it or having any real knowledge of its actual content. The book will doubtless hit the shelves accompanied by controversy, political scandal, and likely legal action taken against the author. But this is a historical book, packed with significance, and history will be its ultimate judge, the current court of public opinion.