Kevin Maurer

Maurer is the co-author of the New York Times’ best-selling No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden. He has written four books about Special Forces. As a reporter for The Fayetteville Observer, he has been embedded with the U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan seven times, including 10 weeks with a team in Kandahar in 2010.


Survival School

On the river, along the trail, or just off the grid, knowing how to handle an emergency in the wilderness can save a life — these are the lessons taught at Nantahala Outdoor Center.


The Women Pilots of WWII

At Camp Davis in Onslow County, members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots played an integral role during World War II, and proved that women belong in the cockpit.


Blueberry Country in Pender County

When a man with a passion for growing blueberries found the perfect soil in Pender County — where wild berries have thrived for centuries — a new industry took root.


Top-Secret Topsail

Eight concrete towers that were built for a government mission are now conspicuous landmarks on Topsail Island. Some are symbols of the Cold War. Others have found a new purpose: as vacation homes.


The Marines of Montford Point

During World War II, a military base in Jacksonville served as the training camp for the first African-American Marines since the American Revolution.