Friday, October 5, 2012

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

This wasn't the most complex of books, but it delivers what it promises, an account of the raid that got bin Laden.

Most of the book was about "Mark"'s life as a SEAL, which is interesting in terms of how far removed from "normal" it is.  It actually reminds me a bit of what I've read about professional bike racers in terms of being "the best of the best", and needing to train and act constantly to maintain that level.  Of course, the bike guys don't get shot at whilst doing their jobs (hopefully).

The professionalism of "Mark" and his team comes through in several ways, which was impressive.  I was expecting something a bit more "rah rah, go team", but while the sense of camaraderie is strong, when it comes down to doing their (very stressful) jobs, they are all business. 

You've got to wonder what these guys do when there are not two active wars to keep them busy. They've been trained to do something, and not doing it must be frustrating.

All in all, an interesting look at a world that's a polar opposite from mine.

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