A Story of War and Family
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From ABC White House
correspondent Martha Raddatz, the story of a brutal
firefight that conveys in harrowing detail the effects of
war not just
on the soldiers but also on the families waiting back at
In April 2004, soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division were
on a routine
patrol in Sadr City, Iraq, when they came under surprise
the course of the next forty-eight hours, 8 Americans would
and more than 70 wounded. Back home, as news of the attack began
filtering in, the families of these same men, neighbors in
Texas, feared the worst. In time, some of the women in their
would receive "the call"-the notification that a husband or
been killed in action. So the families banded together in
of the heartbreak that was certain to come.
Sadr City marked the beginning of the Iraqi insurgency, and
Raddatz has written perhaps the most riveting account of
combat to emerge from the war in Iraq. This intimate
portrait of the
close-knit community of families Stateside-the unsung heroes
military -distinguishes The Long Road Home from other
of modern warfare, showing the horror, terror, bravery, and
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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