'No Easy Day' Bumps 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' From No. 1 On Bestseller List
It's official: Christian Grey can't control everything. The wildly popular E. L. James "mommy porn" erotic bondage novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, has been bumped from its No. 1 position on USA Today's bestseller list, where it held fast for 20 weeks, setting a record previously held by Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, by about as polar opposite a book as possible — No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy SEAL by Mark Owen, who co-authored the book under the pseudonym.
No Easy Day tells the firsthand account of Owen's — who has been identified as Matt Bissonnette — involvement in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May 2011, reports USA Today.
No Easy Day, which was authored with former Associated Press reporter Kevin Mauer, has stirred up even more controversy than its record-holding, bestseller-list predecessor. The Pentagon has reportedly threatened legal action against Owen, maintaining that he violated a non-disclosure agreement in publishing the book without government approval.
Publisher Dutton, however, claims that No Easy Day was carefully vetted by lawyers specializing in military secrets and that no classified information is disclosed in it. The book was initially slated for a release date of September 11, before interest in its release seemed to go wild, at which point it was bumped up to September 4, and the number of copies ordered for the first printing was nearly doubled.
James' Fifty Shades of Grey now occupies spot No. 2 on the list. Its sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, are in slots No. 3 and 4, respectively. The entire trilogy has sold 30 million copies, according to publisher Knopf.
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