Mark Owen’s No Easy Day has topped E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey on the USA Today bestseller list.
The former Navy SEAL’s firsthand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden will be featured atop the list starting on Thursday. This ends Fifty Shades of Grey‘s 20-week reign at No. 1, a record for the list. The record was previously held by Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.
James’ Fifty Shades trilogy has now dropped to the second, third and fourth spots after holding the top three positions for 18 weeks. However, publisher Knopf believes sales could rise again when the British author begins a U.S. tour starting next wee. To date, the three books have sold over 30 million copies.
No Easy Day was originally slated for a Sept. 11 release before the publication date was moved up to Sept. 4. The publisher Dutton also increased the initial print run from 300,000 to 575,000 copies, citing “overwhelming excitement” for the controversial account.
The Pentagon threatened legal action against Owen — a pseudonym for the author, whose real name is Matt Bissonnette — claiming that the Navy SEAL had violated a number of agreements he had signed by publishing the book without submitting his manuscript for review by the government.
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