Ed Darack will present The Final Mission of Extortion 17: Special Ops, Helicopter Support, Seal Team Six, and the Deadliest Day of the U.S. War in Afghanistan

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Ed Darack will present his New Hardcover The Final Mission of Extortion 17: Special Ops, Helicopter Support, Seal Team Six, and the Deadliest Day of the U.S. War in Afghanistan. .

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Ed Darack is a writer and photographer who has traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan numerous times to embed with infantry and aviation units at the front lines of modern war. He is the author of four books, including Victory Point, and numerous articles on military topics ranging from counterinsurgency to close air support. His work has been published in Air & Space magazine, the Marine Corps Gazette, Leatherneck Magazine, Foreign Policy, Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute, and others.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  On August 6, 2011, a U.S. Army CH-47D Chinook helicopter approached a landing zone in Afghanistan 40 miles southwest of Kabul. The helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was on a mission to reinforce American and coalition special operations troops. It would never return. Insurgents fired at the Chinook, severed one of its rear rotor blades, and brought it crashing to the ground. All 38 onboard perished instantly in the single greatest moment of sacrifice for Americans in the war in Afghanistan. Those killed were some of the U.S.'s most highly trained and battle-honed commandos, including 15 men from the Gold Squadron of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, known popularly as SEAL Team 6, which had raided a Pakistan compound and killed Osama bin Laden just three months earlier. The downing of Extortion 17 spurred a number of conspiracy theories, such as the idea that the shootdown was revenge for bin Laden's death.

In The Final Mission of Extortion 17, Ed Darack debunks this theory and others and uncovers the truth behind this mysterious tragedy. His account of the brave pilots, crew, and passengers of Extortion 17 and the events of that fateful day is interwoven into a rich, complex narrative that also discusses modern joint combat operations, the history of the Afghan war to that date, U.S. helicopter use in Afghanistan, and the new and evolving military technologies and tactics being developed to mitigate such tragedies now and in the future.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 6:30 PM

LOCATION:  Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64157

EVENT FORMAT: Ed Darack will discuss his new book and answer audience questions. A book signing follows the discussion.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is an OPEN HOUSE event. Registration is required. Visit http://http://www.kclibrary.org/ to register or call 816-701-3407. Seating is general admission. Rainy Day Books will have Ed Darack‚Äôs books for sale at this event.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK: Author Autographed Hardcover copy of The Final Mission of Extortion 17 by Ed Darack.


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