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From ABC White House correspondent Martha Raddatz, the story of a brutal forty-eight-hour firefight that conveys in harrowing detail the effects of war not just on the soldiers but also on the families waiting back at home.

In April 2004, soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division were on a routine patrol in Sadr City, Iraq, when they came under surprise attack. Over the course of the next forty-eight hours, 8 Americans would be killed and more than 70 wounded. Back home, as news of the attack began filtering in, the families of these same men, neighbors in Fort Hood, Texas, feared the worst. In time, some of the women in their circle would receive "the call"-the notification that a husband or brother had been killed in action. So the families banded together in anticipation of the heartbreak that was certain to come.

The firefight in Sadr City marked the beginning of the Iraqi insurgency, and Martha Raddatz has written perhaps the most riveting account of hand-to-hand combat to emerge from the war in Iraq. This intimate portrait of the close-knit community of families Stateside-the unsung heroes of the military -distinguishes The Long Road Home from other stories of modern warfare, showing the horror, terror, bravery, and fortitude not just of the soldiers who were wounded and killed but also of the wives and children whose lives now are forever changed.

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"Violent resistance in post-invasion Iraq kicked into high gear on April 4, 2004, when American troops in Sadr City faced a massive assault that claimed eight soldiers' lives and wounded more than 70 others. Raddatz, an Emmy-winning correspondent for ABC News, clearly aims to equal the storytelling in Mark Bowden's Black Hawk Down in her account of the battle, and hits the mark with distinction. Extensive interviews with the commanding officers of the army's 1st Cavalry division and the soldiers pinned down in the streets provide a clear narrative of how U.S. troops, prepared for 'a babysitting mission,' found themselves in a bloodbath, as efforts to rescue the first soldiers fired upon met with even greater resistance from Mahdi militiamen who did not hesitate to use small children as frontline attackers. Heroic moments abound, like Casey Sheehan's volunteering to take another man's place on the rescue team, which resulted in his death. Raddatz touches upon the reaction of his mother, noted antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, but this is just one of many perspectives from families on the home front. The gripping account eschews politics and focuses squarely on the soldiers and their sacrifices." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"The timing is hardly ideal for yet another Iraq book. Americans are burned out on the war not just politically but aesthetically. After a wave of books, articles, news reports, documentaries and blogs, Iraq has become a tired, repetitive story with no happy ending in sight. So hand over $24.95 for one more war story? Because, as it turns out, Martha Raddatz's 'The Long Road Home' is a masterpiece... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"The word 'sacrifice' is used a lot. In THE LONG ROAD HOME, Martha Raddatz shows what the word really means. She takes the reader into the Humvees and the streets of Baghdad and shows how American troops sweat, bleed and fight in the Iraq war. Read it." --Thomas E. Ricks, author of FIASCO: THE AMERICAN MILITARY ADVENTURE IN IRAQ

Synopsis:

The First Cavalry Division came under surprise attack in Sadr City on April 4, 2004, now known as "Black Sunday." On the homefront, over 7,000 miles away, their families awaited the news for forty-eight hellish hours-expecting the worst. ABC News' chief correspondent Martha Raddatz shares remarkable tales of heroism, hope, and heartbreak.

Synopsis:

From ABC White House correspondent Raddatz comes the story of a brutal 48-hour firefight that conveys in harrowing detail the effects of war not just on the soldiers, but also on the families waiting back at home.

About the Author

Martha Raddatz is one of our most respected news journalists. As ABC's Senior National Security Correspon-dent, she reported extensively from Iraq. A two-time Emmy Award winner, she was recently named Chief White House Correspondent for ABC News, and has appeared on Nightline, Larry King Live, The Charlie Rose Show, Washington Week, and many other news programs. The Long Road Home is her first book.

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bob1, November 21, 2007 (view all comments by bob1)
I was there that night, and saw first hand the events that she writes about. I didn't make it through the whole book because ...well.....I was there, but the men who died there are truly heros.
However their are somethings in the book I remember differently, but amid that chaos everyone has their own take, but it is an incredible read for anyone who wants to attmept to understand the daily life of a combat soldier
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idocretired, April 7, 2007 (view all comments by idocretired)
My compliments and thanks to Ms. Raddatz for not only giving a vivid portrayal of combat in Iraq, but also the bravery of the families of those serving. I was the Platoon Leader for 1st Platoon, C Company 2/5 Cav in Vietnam in 1971-1972. It was the same Platoon in which SGT Chen was KIA in the firefight chronicled in "The Long Road Home." This book meant more to me than you can ever know.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399153822
Subtitle:
A Story of War and Family
Author:
Raddatz, Martha
Publisher:
Putnam Adult
Subject:
Family Relationships
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military - Other
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20070301
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.28x6.29x1.11 in. 1.14 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Violent resistance in post-invasion Iraq kicked into high gear on April 4, 2004, when American troops in Sadr City faced a massive assault that claimed eight soldiers' lives and wounded more than 70 others. Raddatz, an Emmy-winning correspondent for ABC News, clearly aims to equal the storytelling in Mark Bowden's Black Hawk Down in her account of the battle, and hits the mark with distinction. Extensive interviews with the commanding officers of the army's 1st Cavalry division and the soldiers pinned down in the streets provide a clear narrative of how U.S. troops, prepared for 'a babysitting mission,' found themselves in a bloodbath, as efforts to rescue the first soldiers fired upon met with even greater resistance from Mahdi militiamen who did not hesitate to use small children as frontline attackers. Heroic moments abound, like Casey Sheehan's volunteering to take another man's place on the rescue team, which resulted in his death. Raddatz touches upon the reaction of his mother, noted antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, but this is just one of many perspectives from families on the home front. The gripping account eschews politics and focuses squarely on the soldiers and their sacrifices." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The word 'sacrifice' is used a lot. In THE LONG ROAD HOME, Martha Raddatz shows what the word really means. She takes the reader into the Humvees and the streets of Baghdad and shows how American troops sweat, bleed and fight in the Iraq war. Read it." --Thomas E. Ricks, author of FIASCO: THE AMERICAN MILITARY ADVENTURE IN IRAQ
"Synopsis" by ,
The First Cavalry Division came under surprise attack in Sadr City on April 4, 2004, now known as "Black Sunday." On the homefront, over 7,000 miles away, their families awaited the news for forty-eight hellish hours-expecting the worst. ABC News' chief correspondent Martha Raddatz shares remarkable tales of heroism, hope, and heartbreak.

"Synopsis" by , From ABC White House correspondent Raddatz comes the story of a brutal 48-hour firefight that conveys in harrowing detail the effects of war not just on the soldiers, but also on the families waiting back at home.

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