The Long Road Home

The Long Road Home

A Story of War and Family

eBook - 2007
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Penguin Putnam
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.

Baker & Taylor
An Emmy Award-winning ABC White House correspondent documents a brutal two-day firefight in Sadr City, Iraq, during which eight 1st Cavalry Division soldiers were killed and numerous others were wounded, an engagement that was vigilantly monitored by their loved ones back home. 100,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Only minutes after taking over operations in Sadr City, on a routine patrol, Lieutenant Shane Aguero's First Cavalry Division platoon faced hundreds of Iraqi militants who opened deadly fire. As he led his men to cover in a back alley - wounded and under attack, his gunner shot dead beside him - his wife Amber's warning echoed in his head. "In every war there is always a platoon that gets pinned down," she'd said. "Don't let it be yours."
Back in Fort Hood, Texas, Amber and the other wives and family members were unaware of the battle when they awoke that Palm Sunday morning. Connie Abrams and her eight-year-old son, Robbie, met with friends for brunch at the officers' club. Angie Upton was preparing to celebrate her twenty-eighth birthday, hoping for a call from her husband, while Allison Cason's family gathered in honor of her grandfather's eighty-first.
Then horrifying reports from half a world away began filtering in about casualties in the First Cav. Within hours, many of the women might receive "the knock on the door" - the notification that a husband or brother or son had been killed or wounded in action. Until then, they could only gather together in terrible anticipation of the awful news.
While the families waited, rescue squads in unprotected, open trucks were picked off one by one as they entered Sadr City. The twenty-four-hour firefight - which would ultimately cost eight Americans their lives and leave more than sixty wounded - marked the beginning of the full-blown Iraqi insurgency. Martha Raddatz's account of the ambush and the courageous effort to save Shane Aguero's platoon offers perhaps the most riveting picture of hand-to-hand battle to come out of the war in Iraq. Yet it is the intimate portrait of the close-knit community of families back home that distinguishes The Long Road Home from other works of war reporting.

Baker
& Taylor

Documents the two-day firefight in Sadr City that began the Iraqi insurgency, during which eight 1st Cavalry Division soldiers were killed and numerous others wounded, an engagement that was vigilantly monitored by their loved ones back home.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2007
ISBN: 9780399153822
0399153829
Branch Call Number: 956.7044 R1169L 2007
Characteristics: 310 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps, plans ; 24 cm

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An intimate portrait of the close-knit community of families of over 60 courageous platoon members marking the beginning of the Iraqi insurgency.


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