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4.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 5 4.15 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martha Raddatz Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9781400174461
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From ABC White House correspondent Martha Raddatz comes 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, eight Americans would be killed and more than seventy 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Raddatz’s account has grit and high drama…Delivers searingly vivid evidence of the toll US soldiers pay.”

    New York Times

  • This book is a triumph.... Narrator Joyce Bean is skilled and effective as well; she uses subtle changes in accent and tone to individualize the personalities as they stride across the audio landscape. Library Journal Audio Review
  • “A masterpiece of literary nonfiction that rivals any war-related classic that has preceded it.”

    Washington Post

  • “ABC News correspondent Raddatz paints a picture of American valor and unflagging commitment.”

    Rocky Mountain News

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pierre | 2/19/2014

    " When I pick up a non-fiction book for an account of a battle, I expect a well sourced, objective, factual recounting. The use of third-person limited omniscient/third-person universal viewpoints was grating and made the book read like fiction. The details seem contrived and inaccurate. I made it through the first two chapters...checked for footnotes and appendixes and then gave up in disgust. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/5/2014

    " While reading this book, I started really thinking about what our military personel are sacrificing in order to defend this country. I would have given this more stars if there were more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 2/5/2014

    " An amazing book. (do not read if you have family currently deployed in the military-you won't want to know what's really going on over there) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 True Weber | 1/30/2014

    " I'm going to use part of this book in a course I'm going to prepare for next spring. It will be titled "The Politics of War: Vietnam and Iraq. The parts of this book that describe the battle in Sadr City reminds me of a Vietnam battle called Ap Bac. So I'm going to have students compare those two battles for "lessons". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber hurley-vinje | 1/28/2014

    " Amazing book! Weather you are for or against any war that is going on now or has happened in the past. This book will make you realize what people in the military and their family goes though. Two thumbs up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Plchaffin | 1/22/2014

    " I normally don't care for this sort of read but Raddatz is high on my list for honest reporting and she's been there with the troups. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisif | 1/21/2014

    " Very interesting and hard to put down, but also hard to read. Had to take a break from reading it at one point because it was horrifying reading about what easy targets the soldiers were in their unarmored vehicles. From the title I expected a bit more about how everyone made the transition home, but there were few details on that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 1/20/2014

    " This book was gripping from the get go. It's pretty graphic in its details of war, but that's reality. Soldiers fight, get hurt, sometimes they die. I liked how it showed the emotions of the soldiers behind the actions of war; it's easy to look at these guys as a bunch of soldiers trained to kill (which they are), but there's always so much underneath that exterior. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 1/19/2014

    " This was always going to be a hard book to pull off, communicating the experience of the Iraq conflict through US soldier's and family eyes without having one meaningful dialog with the Iraqi people. A tale of bravery and fortitude that seems to avoid talking causes and rights. AK-47 wielding women and children are shot, without producing any desire in the soldiers to know what could motivate women and children to take up arms. It ends up making you feel sorry for everyone, but no more enlightened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 1/16/2014

    " If you read one book on the Iraq war it should be this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meagan | 1/11/2014

    " I think this book should be required reading for students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 1/10/2014

    " Not young adult characters...but the best of the nonfiction war books on our list. Unbiased job of reporting. Good mixture of soldiers in the assault and families back at home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jvpritc | 1/5/2014

    " THis read filled me with wonder and revulsion along with some not so pleasant memories of my time in Viet Nam. I came away asking myself why, why? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 12/31/2013

    " A book that everyone who wants to know what war is like should read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Casey | 8/14/2013

    " A must read for military and history readers and for everyone in our country who needs to understand what our soldiers and families go through. I recall hearing of this battle first-hand from my family member who is in this book, when he returned. Amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie F. | 8/5/2013

    " This was a Mogadisha Black Hawk Down story. In Sadr City Iraq. Stranded platoon and rescue. Added interest as it told the story of Cindy Sheehan's son who was killed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 7/24/2013

    " Again, I'm not sure how to rate this as it's certainly not an easy or particularly enjoyable read, how could it be, but it's also very well written and a compelling account. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeni | 2/10/2013

    " This book is written about my husbands unit in Iraq, during OIF2. I thought I was written well and of course, the story is personal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Gordon | 9/5/2012

    " This book gives an accurate and detailed look at the turning point of the war in Iraq at Sadr City. I had a hard time putting it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Colavecchia | 1/26/2012

    " A heartbreaking story that left me terribly saddened "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Nobel Fields | 1/3/2012

    " This book made me cry on the subway. It's an incredibly detailed, microscopically focused portrait of a single firefight in Iraq, with vivid portrayals of the soldiers and their families. It really made me understand better for the first time what it's like on the ground over there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/2/2012

    " Disturbing, but an important read. Makes you really think about how easy it is to live our comfortable lives in this country without thinking about the war for a long time. That seems like a good thing, but, not really. This was a really gripping story and I read almost all of it in one sitting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Dark | 12/19/2011

    " One of the best war accounts out there. A must-read for anyone who wants to grasp the uncertainty and chaos of war for soldiers and their families. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 vida | 10/20/2011

    " A must-read in my opinion...no matter what your politics are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RuthG | 8/13/2011

    " I found this book just too hard emotionally to finish. It's a well-written description of a firefight in the Iraq war and includes the families of the soldiers as well. While I found it too painful, I wouldn't want to discourage anyone from trying it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 4/20/2011

    " Amazing book! Weather you are for or against any war that is going on now or has happened in the past. This book will make you realize what people in the military and their family goes though. Two thumbs up! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 7/8/2010

    " A heartbreaking story that left me terribly saddened "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 3/19/2010

    " The story was one I needed to read. The writing was a little too....I just can't think of the right word. It was a story that needed to be told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 11/20/2009

    " Again, I'm not sure how to rate this as it's certainly not an easy or particularly enjoyable read, how could it be, but it's also very well written and a compelling account. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 10/4/2009

    " Not young adult characters...but the best of the nonfiction war books on our list. Unbiased job of reporting. Good mixture of soldiers in the assault and families back at home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 3/1/2009

    " Taught me so much about what is going on in Iraq. I couldn't put it down. "

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