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By Ed Darack | Comments: ( 202 ) | Date: ( Dec 07, 2019 )

Examines the story of Operation Red Wings and Operation Whalers involving the Marines in Afghanistan in June 2005, the deaths of 19 U.S military soldiers, the demise of Ahmad Shah, and the impact this incident had on the War on Terror.

  • Title: Victory Point: Operations Red Wings and Whalers - the Marine Corps' Battle for Freedom in Afghanistan
  • Author: Ed Darack
  • ISBN: 9780425226193
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Hardcover

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Ed Darack

Ed Darack s Official SiteSocial Media Resources for Ed Darack Ed Darack s Official Author Facebook PageEd Darack s Instagram PageEd Darack s Tumblr PageEd Darack s Twitter PageEd Darack s LinkedIn PageEd Darack s YouTube ChannelEd Darack s Vimeo ChannelEd Darack s Google PageEd Darack s Pinterest PageI m an author of non fiction books, a writer of magazine feature articles, and a globally published stock and magazine photographer Working independently, I have pursued a broad scope of interests and fascinations that includes mountaineering and adventure travel, front line ground and air combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, aviation and space exploration, the study and beauty of the atmosphere, aesthetics throughout nature, and quantum mechanics and the exploration of the most fundamental constituent entities of the universe among a host of other endeavors Throughout my entire career I ve worked as both a writer and creative photographer, often merging the two arts for a varitey of dynamic projects I m the author of the critically acclaimed Victory Point published by the Penguin Group, New York named a book of the year by the United States Naval Institute and three other books two about mountaineering and one about expedition sea kayaking I m currently hard at work on a number of incredibly exciting fiction and non fiction book projects please check the Books and Upcoming sections for information and updates I ve authored hundreds of feature articles for publications such as Smithsonian Air and Space, Alpinist, Weatherwise where I m a contributing editor , Foreign Policy online , and many other magazines and media outlets about subjects ranging from the physical geography of Mount McKinley to witnessing and photographing a space shuttle launch, among many other topics and experiences My creative rights managed stock imagery is represented by SuperStock, Getty Images, Corbis Images, and further distributed through an international network of over 100 leading specialty agencies I m extremely fortunate to have images of mine used on all types of visual media throughout the globe over the course of my career, including the covers and interiors of some of the world s most widely read periodicals and those not so widely read , the covers and interiors of an array of books including New York Times bestsellers on broadcast and cable television, and all forms of product advertising and packaging Images of mine have been used by and have appeared in Smithsonian, Germany s Stern, The National Geographic Society, The Times of London, Bank of America, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Forbes Magazine, Outside, Sierra, Town and Country, Powder, Popular Science, Geo, Elle, Reader s Digest, Playboy, Canada Post, The United Nations, Random House Publishing, The Penguin Publishing Group, McGraw Hill, Volkswagen, Discovery Channel, British Petroleum, Time Life Publications, The Guardian, IBM, ABC News, The BBC, People Magazine, New York Magazine, Time Magazine, NBC Television, The Week Magazine, Microsoft, ABC Television, Scientific American, The United States Department of State, The United States National Institute of Health, Mental Floss, American Airlines, and many other editorial, commercial, and governmental imagery users Thank you very much for your interest,Ed Darack

Comments Victory Point: Operations Red Wings and Whalers - the Marine Corps' Battle for Freedom in Afghanistan

  • Joshua Greer

    A very well written and researched book that tells the "why" behind the SEAL team that was compromised and killed during the opening phases of Operation Red Wings as well as what the Marine Corps' 2d Battalion of the 3d Marine Regiment did to clean up the mess and carry out the operation afterward. I highly recommend this book for military officers who will find themselves working in an increasingly joint environment. Arrogant commanders and inter-service posturing led to bad command decisions a [...]

  • Atar

    One of the great books of American military in Afghanistan. It takes the reader through the events leading up to the Navy special forces "Seals" ambush in the Korangal valley. In which Marcus Luttrell's four man team were killed and himself seriously injured. Also the shooting down of a helicopter with many special forces and aviators sent to rescue the Seals. To the operation to deny those very same anti coalition forces the interruption of elections that were to be held. People may have heard [...]

  • Daniel

    An excellent well written book. After reading Lone Survivor "by" Marcus Luttrell I felt that there was something off about what happened in the Hindu Kush, after some research I decided to pick up victory point and I am glad I did.

  • John

    I met Ed Darack at a local kayak store, when he was presenting his first book "Wind, Water Sun". Upon graduation from college, he had taken the credit cards offered in the mail and maxed them out to buy a kayak and gear. He then launched at the Colorado delta (now mud flats) at the top of the Gulf of Mexico and proceeded to kayak to the tip of Baja. He had no prior experience at kayaking. Excellent book and he created detailed and beautiful maps of the coast of Baja, which helped tell the story. [...]

  • David

    A very good history of the June and July 2005 battles of the SEALS in northeastern Afghanistan.In this series of conflicts, the young local Taliban leader Ahmad Shah led a few dozen fighters and caused dreadful effort and about 25 US deaths in the brutal Hindu Kush mountain range.I wanted to see whether this 2009 coverage was more detailed and accurate than the popular "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrell, a book which I found to be a self-publicizing biographical rant, and a very bad book as the [...]

  • Matt

    The author, Ed Darack, was an embedded journalist with my unit during operation red wings. This book reads very much like a Tom Clancy novel. Just like with any war story, there's a lot of background story required for the audience to understand the context. Ed did a great job at covering every element of the battle. A key piece of info for those who are total "Special Forces" buffs; at the time this book was written, only so much of the information available had been declassified. Therefore, th [...]

  • Chris

    A typical dispatch from the front with its adrenaline ride of combat action and the luxury of hindsight to critique the friction and fog of war as well as a tutorial on how we fight. A good primer for the public on what the USMC is all about and what type of war was/is taking place in Afghanistan. It's a window as well into the parochial corridors of interservice rivalry and ego of commanders, who asserted their rights into fights that were unnecessary as well as disrupting great joint working r [...]

  • Curtis

    I found Victory Point to be an excellent commentary on the value of the US Marines and their methods. Though Ed Darack tends to be a bit over-complimentary, maybe even gushing with praise, in the early stages, once he describes the details of the marines' efforts during Operations Red Wings and Whalers, the reader can appreciate his admiration. This is also an important read for the general public to understand how the policies and methods of the United States Marine Corps serve our involvement [...]

  • Matt

    Honestly, I think this was one of the worst books I've read on the War on Terror (I use that term to describe both the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan). The story itself is great and this book does provide some insight into an operation that was very significant but the author's writing style is just terrible. Its like a scripted, crappy Disney-style plot that is incredibly one-sided and sometimes just flat-out cheesy. Obviously many of the men described in the book are courageous, patrio [...]

  • Walter Mack

    If you are a Marine Grunt, This Book is For YouI am and appreciated it Big Time. No criticism of Marcus Luttrell is evident but if you are a fan and supporter, which I am, of his story, you need to read this book as well for a more complete picture. A bit over the top, even for me, but much of value for those who have 'been there' or want to know why COIN is still a strategy that could have worked in Afghanistan. Too late now.

  • Justin

    Incredible insight on Operation Red Wings, Operation Whalers, the U.S. Marine Corps, and the War on Terror. Fast paced, detailed information (a lot of information - on Afghanistan, the current war, and the Marine Corps as well as joint operations and interservice rivalry). In terms of Operation Red Wings, the only source out there that gives the full, detailed overview and explanation of what happened. This is a must read.

  • Charles Blumberg

    This book fills in the details of Marine action in Afghanistan at the time of "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrell and good supplement to that story. Chapter 7 is the best chapter as it describes the chaos in the chain of command between the joint action of Navy, Marines, and Army at the time a rescue team was needed to rescue Marcus Luttrell. Overall, the book is about Marines befriending local Afghans and good lessons learned.

  • Matthew Phelps

    A great narrative of the amazing efforts of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan in 2005. The heroism displayed by these Marines is portrayed wonderfully by Ed Darack, in a way that would make any Marine proud, and will make those who read it both awestruck and proud of the U.S. Marines.

  • Brigid

    This is a very interesting book that taught me a lot about Afganistan and what we are doing over there. It is really well written and tells a great story. The story is one of American victory that enabled the Afgans to have a successful free election.

  • Sam

    4.25. I read this over CORTRAMID. It gives the Marines perspective on the same operation that Lone Survivor is about. It goes into the larger picture of what the Marines were trying to do before SOCOM took over and why there was tension there.

  • Brad

    Very good book. A little slow in the beginning with all the technical details and back story, but once it gets going it's hard to put down.Very informative look at the war in Afghanistan. A side rarely seen by those not on the ground in country.

  • Jason Vasquez

    Very detailed and well written account of the Marine Operations that coincided with Navy SEAL operations that occurred in "Lone Survivor".

  • Hamilton Wende

    A very accurate account of some pretty tough times for the US Marines in Afghanistan

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