From the Publisher
“When Dick Camp writes about Marines, he does so from the heart. Operation Phantom Fury is in the top tier of books about Marines at war.” —Eric Hammel, author of Marines in Hue City andThe Root: The Marines in Beruit
“The Second Battle for Fallujah, dubbed Operation Phantom Fury, took place over an almost two-month period, from Nov. 7 to Dec. 23, 2004. The Marine Corps’ biggest battle in Iraq to date, it was so prolonged and fierce that it has entered the pantheon of USMC battles alongside Iwo Jima, Inchon, and Hue City. This book offers an in-depth, intimate look into Operation Phantom Fury, the single most significant battle undertaken during the occupation of Iraq. It is a rare firsthand account of the brutal reality of the war in Iraq, how this battle for a key city was fought, and how such a crucial battle looks from positions of command and from the thick of the fight.”
Book News Inc.
“Camp, a retired Marine Corps colonel, offers a highly detailed account of the Marine Corps' biggest battle in Iraq, the Second Battle for Fallujah, which began with the 2004 murder of four Blackwater contractors. The account draws on personal interviews with those involved, including division commanders and infantrymen, and is illustrated with about 150 on-the-scene color photos, plus several maps. Camp is currently vice president for museum operations with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.”
Midwest Book Review
“Retired Marine Corps full colonel and Vietnam combat veteran Dick Camp presents Operation Phantom Fury: The Assault and Capture of Fallujah, Iraq, an in-depth portrait of the second battle for Fallujah, which was the Marine Corps' biggest battle in Iraq, and arguably the most important battle during the entire occupation. Though Fallujah did not receive severe damage during the initial U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, strife between civilians, insurgents, and coalition forces erupted into violence with the murder and desecration of four Blackwater contractors. The U.S. Marine and Army forces, along with a number of Iraqi Army battalions, had to confront the lethal task of retaking Fallujah from insurgents. An expertly researched, harrowingly presented account of the pivotal battle, highly recommended especially for military history collections with a focus on the Iraq Wars.”
“Marine master historian and author Dick Camp has written the definitive account of the two major battles for the city of Fallujah and a “spot-on” historical account of one of our Marines’ hardest fights since the Vietnam-era ended. The book is exquisite to hold in your hands; beautifully bound, it contains more than 150 color photos set on high-quality manuscript paper.” - Leatherneck Magazine
This is a heavy book. Because of the high-quality paper suitable for printing more than 150 color photographs plus mps, Operation Phantom Fury weighs about 2 pounds. And the information is worth the weight.
Experienced author Dick Camp, a retired Marine colonel and Vietnam veteran, is vice president at the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and its National Museum of the Marine Corps. He knows the subject. For this contemporary history, Camp conducted interviews and review oral histories—and made us of the bibliography. Operation Phantom Fury chronologically documents the on-the-ground events leading to the 2003 and 2004 military operations in Fallujah, Iraq, and makes clear that the operations relied on a team—soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Iraqi troops. He chooses exposition of eloquence, relying on participants’ voices to bring drama and description. - Army Times News Service
In November 2004 a joint US-Iraqi force of thousands moved against insurgents in Fallujah to eliminate some of the area's most 'hardcore' insurgents and restore peace. Code-named Operation Phantom Fury, this offensive turned out to be lethal urban combat - and its history and processes are chartered here in Operation Phantom Fury: The Assault and Capture of Fallujah, Iraq, for any military library strong in modern combat. - Midwest Book Review