The Navy SEAL autobiography No Easy Day has knocked the popular erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey from the top of Amazon’s best-seller list. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the controversial tell-all is the first book this summer to bump E.L. James’ spicy romance from its literary throne.
MSNBC reports that No Easy Day has bested the steamy page-turner weeks before its scheduled release date. The book isn’t slated to hit retail shelves until September 11, though this hasn’t stopped people from pre-ordering the book like crazy. The Penguin Group’s Dutton Press revealed that it intends to initially print 300,000 copies of the autobiography. Considering the controversy that’s starting to build around the title, they may need a few more.
Very little was known about No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden until about a week ago. Dutton purposely went out of their way to kept the autobiography and its author a secret. In fact, the company announced they intended to release the book under the pen Mark Owen for fear of putting the writer and the SEAL program in harm’s way.
Despite the publisher’s best efforts, FOX News eventually outed the anonymous author as 36-year-old Matt Bissonnette. According to Business Insider, the Alaska native served as chief in the elite Navy SEAL Team 6 and was one of the first men in the room when the team descended upon Osama bin Laden. His first-hand account of the mission fuels the book, which has ruffled more than a few military feathers.
However, Dutton and Matt Bissonnette aren’t the only ones interested in telling the story about the takedown of Osama bin Laden. The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow is preparing to release Zero Dark Thirty this December. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film has generated its own share of controversy over reports that the Obama Administration provided sensitive details to the production.