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The Long Road Home - A Story of War and Family

Martha Raddatz

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Joyce Bean

Length:

9h 32m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

07:52


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

30:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

27:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:11


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

25:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

41:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

21:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:22


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

26:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

18:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

30:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

22:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

22:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

34:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

14:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

22:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

00:25