‘No Easy Day’ sells more copies than ‘Fifty Shades’ in its first week

If you’ve ever wondered what it would take to outsell “Fifty Shades of Grey,” now you know: killing public enemy number one, Osama bin Laden.

In its first week of sales “No Easy Day” sold 253,000 copies, knocking “Fifty Shades” to second place on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list at just 86,000 copies, after a record 20 weeks at number one.

“No Easy Day” tells of SEAL Team 6’s raid on bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan on March 2, 2011, a story which generated new levels of hype after Fox News identified retired SEAL Matt Bissonnette, who wrote under the name Mark Owen, as the author.

Furthering the hype, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta hinted to CBS this week, that Bissonnette may face a penalty for disclosing classified information in the book. “We have to take steps to make clear to him and to the American people that we’re not going to accept this kind of behavior,” Panetta said, adding that if the defense department doesn’t take action, “then everybody who pledges to ensure this doesn’t happen is gonna get the wrong signal that somehow they can do it without any penalty to be paid.”

We’ll see how this scandal of a memoir sustains against the Fifty Shades of Crappy trilogy, which has so far sold 30 million copies, according to publisher Knopf.

The third spot went to “Fifty Shades Darker,” the fourth to “Fifty Shades Freed.”