Penguin is set to publish a first-person account of the mission which killed Osama Bin Laden, the Bookseller announced yesterday.
The book is titled No Easy Day: The Only Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden, and is written by the pseudonymous Mark Owen, a Navy SEAL who was among the first to enter the Abbottabad compound where Bin Laden was hiding.
It will be released on September 11th. Penguin describes it as “an essential piece of modern history”.
Despite the anonymity of the author, Fox News reported that they discovered his real identity — a 36-year-old from Alaska. The US Penguin imprint Dutton, which will be simultaneously publishing the book there, asked the media to withhold his name claiming it risked his personal security. US Military officials confirmed they had not vetted the contents of the book before its release was announced.
GalleyCat reported that the title is already shooting up the charts from presales: “It is currently the No. 1 bestseller on Amazon, ahead of all of the Fifty Shades of Grey titles and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.”
According to Amazon, “No Easy Day puts readers alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the twenty-four-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives. The 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.”
The London Underground celebrates 150 years of service next year, 2013. As part of the celebrations, Penguin Books are publishing a whole list of new titles to tie into the anniversary, with a collection of short paperbacks devoted to the individual lines, a definitive history of the system, a book of poems and philosophical works taking the concept of transit as their starting point.
The Bookseller reported that each of the line paperbacks “will be published by Penguin Books in March 2013 at a price of £5, preceded by Underground: How The Tube Shaped London by Sam Mullins, the director of the London Transport Museum, alongside David Bownes and Oliver Green, to be released by Allen Lane in October (£25).”
It is a wholly appropriate match, as Penguin Books were born in a train station, after Allen Lane had a brainwave on a platform at Exeter station when searching its bookstall for something to read on his journey back to London.
John Lanchester’s What We Talk About When We Talk About The Tube will offer the author’s take on the District Line, while Paul Morley will tackle the Bakerloo line with Earthbound. There will also be a book dedicated to the iconic design of the Underground, from its maps to its posters.
Helen Conford, Penguin Press publishing director, said: “The Underground and its map shape our imaginative understanding of London, as well as transporting visitors and residents from one place to another, and we wanted our publishing to do the same.”
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