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The long road home : a story of war and family
Martha Raddatz
Adult Nonfiction DS79.76 .R33 2007

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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. (Mar. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Joining the ranks of epic war reporters, Martha Raddatz, of ABC News, has captured the attack by Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army on the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division in The Long Road Home (Putnam. 2007. ISBN 978-0-399-15382-2. $24.95). Her bullet-by-bullet account is unflinching in its portrayal of the battle and the effects of the war on both the soldiers and their families. In capturing one of the pivotal examples of Iraq's implosion into sectarian strife, Raddatz documents not only the actions and costs of war but its kaleidoscopic reverberations as well. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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