Bin Laden Book Knocks Fifty Shades from Top of Bestseller List

'No Easy Day', by a former member of SEAL Team Six, has sparked enough controversy to become a top seller even before its Sept. 4 release.

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It takes a touch of scandal to grab the top spot on Amazon’s top book sales list. And while the S&M sex fantasy Fifty Shades of Grey certainly provided enough shocking transgressions to capture the imaginations—apparently quite vivid ones—of the book-buying public for the better part of the summer, a controversial new title has claimed the top spot: No Easy Day.

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden, isn’t even out yet, but brisk advance sales have landed it at the top of Amazon’s rankings for almost an entire week, enough to signal the end of Fifty Shades of Grey’s streak.

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Written under the pseudonym Mark Owen, No Easy Day has enough debate already that its publication has been moved up a week, from Sept. 11 to Sept. 4. The book has caused a stir not only because of its subject matter, but because its content hadn’t been vetted by the military or state department, which normally seek to have such books purged of any classified information. The U.S. government says it wasn’t even aware of the upcoming book before the rest of the public found out.

While publisher Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Books, planned to keep the author’s real identity under wraps, even reportedly planning to use disguises to cover his appearance and voice during interviews, Fox News and the Associated Press have identified him as a former Navy SEAL named Matt Bissonette.

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Moms Hugs
Moms Hugs

If folks haven't figured out this young man needn't worry about his pension now, I have a bridge to nowhere to sell them.  This book has been underwritten by some big-$$ folks for political purposes.  Matt Bissonette's attorney, Robert Luskin of Patton amp; Boggs (#2 lobby firm), is Karl Rove's personal attorney.  Isn't it time for the Time staff to do some REAL investigative reporting on who is behind this book?

Moms Hugs
Moms Hugs

Cheap ploys to manipulate naive folks into buying this book - "it didn't happen that way" amp; "it wasn't vetted" so it MAY have some heretofore unknown delicious tidbits with which to bash a sitting President up for re-election.  Red herrings. . . . which sells books!!

ibsteve2u
ibsteve2u

Made me laugh...they're both about going out with a bang.

John Fung
John Fung

One crappy book replacing another crappy book.  No surprises here