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The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,248 ratings  ·  162 reviews

ABC News' Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz shares remarkable tales of heroism, hope, and heartbreak in her account of "Black Sunday"--a battle during one of the deadliest periods of the Iraq war.

The First Cavalry Division came under surprise attack in Sadr City on Sunday, April 4, 2004. More than seven thousand mi
Paperback, TV Tie-In Edition, 336 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Berkley Books (first published 2007)
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Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book about part of the war in Iraq the same night I finished watching the movie "127 Hours" about the guy who got trapped in a canyon and cut his own arm off to survive. The movie was pretty gory, obviously. The first few pages of this book are also pretty gory. I ususally do not handly gore very well, but for some reason I seem to be getting older and more hardened, and I didn't stop the movie, or stop reading.

It's been making me think. I read online (and watched youtube
Kym Moore
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raw courage, pride, fear, sacrifice, pain, grief, retaliation, and lives forever changed by war.

While I will not mention the names of any characters in this book, reading about what they faced, the permanent scars the soldiers of war were branded with, and the PTSD they experienced, whether they were aware of it or not, was painfully evident.

This was truly a difficult book to get through because it was so emotionally charged. I believe my difficulty resulted from connecting in some emotional and
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war-iraq
This book is a detailed look at an ambush that took place in what is known as the Sadr City slum section of Baghdad. A massive rescue effort happened later. Finally, 8 soldiers were killed and many dozens injured.

"Some guys have seen things that no one ever wants to see. . . . I understand now what it means when you go to a veterans' ceremony and you see the old veterans get together and hug and cry, and you never really understand it. I understand it now."--Lieutenant Colonel Gary Volesky.

Abby Burdine
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
 Stealing away the heart word by word. Nothing could make you want to say a bad think about this book. You feel for the family and may even think of your own experience. Martha Raddatz book  The Long Road Home  is a heart grabbing book. 

 Freedom isn't as free as it is made out to be. Without all the fighting we would be in a complete different situation.Sometimes when our troops are over seas they aren't gone to fight but they are trying to bring peace to other places. That's what Camp War Eagle
Andrew C. Staiano
Good read and an accurate portrayal of the chaos of combat in Iraq

This book hit close to home for me as a two tour veteran of Iraq. The Soldier's stories rang true to everything I knew of that place. It was gripping also t have an accurate portrayal of the families back home and how terrifying it was for them to send away their Soldier's into the unknown. Definitely worth a read.
Preston M.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty great book. Also very emotional. This book showed what it’s like being in war. What it’s like to leave your family. What it’s like on the battlegrounds. Pretty crazy how many people do this. Super Boring when it was super descriptive about every single soldier. (At least that’s what it felt like) Recommend to anyone who likes war books.
Bradley Fisher
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Donna McCaul Thibodeau
Having served in the Marine Corps, I was very interested in reading this book. It's the story of the First Cavalry Division that got pinned down on what was supposed to be a routine patrol in Sadr City, Iraq. The book also tells of the platoon's rescue and of the families back home at Fort Hood, Texas. No matter what your political views are, this book gives a first hand view into what troops face in combat. It's compelling reading. ...more
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book - it wasn't at all how I imagined it would be written. I thought it would mostly tell the story of the soldier's families back home while their loved ones were at war. This book told the story from both viewpoints and it did a tremendous job in doing so.

I was horrified when reading the violence that the soldiers experienced and angered at how the equipment they needed was simply not brought because they were told they would be on a humanitarian mission and that bringi
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Long Road Home falls squarely in the genre of “narrative non-fiction.” The author describes a brief but intense battle between US soldiers and members of Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army, in which eight servicemen were killed and nearly 60 wounded. I found it to be an absolutely riveting account that described the action and the men involved in great detail. Raddatz also correlated events in the field with what these soldiers’ wives were doing and feeling as their men were fighting and, in some ...more
This book details out an attack on American soldiers in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq during the current Iraq War and the subsequent rescue efforts to retrieve the pinned down soldiers. It follows the events in Iraq, as well as what was happening on the homefront with the soldiers families. The book was very well written and included quite a lot of detail into the various soldiers' histories, which helped round out the characters to be more than just a name. I also liked that it included the stories ...more
Aug 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, yet I didn't. The tale that this book tells of the stark reality of war was at times very difficult to read. All of the bloodshed, sacrifice and heartache was sometimes difficult to take and I had to take a break from reading it. I know we have people serving in the military, I know they are over in Iraq yet there is so much I do not know or am oblivious to. Regardless of your opinion on our country's involvement in Iraq, after reading this book one thing is certain--we all ow ...more
Larry Wilkes
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written. A terrifying description of urban warfare.
Peter Corrigan
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So easy to forget what heck happened back there in Iraq. It seems like ancient history in some ways. But April 4, 2004 was a really bad day for the 1st Cavalry Division (and for a lot of the Mahdi Army, though it is hard to have much sympathy for people who shoved kids out in front to 'screen' their advances routinely). I had started watching the NatGeo series based on the book a while back and all my recordings were lost when my DVR died and I able to pick this up at a book sale. An excellent a ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolute incredible recount of such a monumental morning in our military's history. Raddatz did a phenomenal job telling the story of Black Sunday and honoring the men involved. *Caution: don't read this in public, there will be lots of tears!* ...more
Taylor Beachy
A look into the mental toll war takes on our soldiers, and the things that go on both at home and in the heat of battle.
Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This (non-fiction) book opens with CPT Troy Denomy yelling for his lieutenant on one of their first days in theater during the Iraq war. I picked this book up because I work for Troy Denomy (he's LTC Denomy now) and I thought it was cool that he was in a book. This book talks about the first 24 hours that they were in Sadr City, having just deployed from Ft. Hood, when one of the platoons was trapped by insurgents in the city and they were trying to rescue them.

First: the writing. This is a book
Samuel Lindgren
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction

Martha Raddatz's The Long Road Home (2008) is a heartbreaking and anger-inducing book. It is about the attack on U.S. troops in Sadr City on April 4, 2004 as well as its effects on the families involved back in the United States. The overall story is familiar to anyone who followed the worst parts of what we might call the denial period (or perhaps "Mission Accomplished" period) of the invasion. The troops viewed Iraq largely as a humanitarian mission
Christine Irvin
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ABC News chief White House correspondent, Martha Raddatz, used her reporting skills write this book about an ambush that took place in Sadr City, Iraq, on April 4, 2004. What was supposed to have been the start of a peace-keeping mission, turned into the start of a war with Iraqi militants, intent on wiping out the U. S. military presence in the city. The U.S. soldiers involved in the fighting were not prepared for the battle, as they thought they were going to Sadr City for a year just to keep ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An important read - without being overly dramatic, pointed out errors in thinking and did a good job of describing "the fog of war". The author took what could have been an after action and personalized it with the background of many of the individuals involved. ...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Long Road Home: a Story of War and Family, by Martha Radatz. Narrated by Joyce Bean. Produced by Tantor Media, downloaded from

Joyce Bean is one of the best narrators and did a wonderful job portraying the different characters in this book. I can’t do better at describing this book than the publishers note:

From ABC White House correspondent Martha Raddatz comes the story of a brutal 48-hour firefight that conveys in harrowing detail the effects of war, not
just on the soldiers but
Darren Shidler
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the “Long Road Home” was a great book. The first thing I should say is that it can be very descriptive in the injuries people suffer. It gives descriptions of what kind of suffering the troops went through over there. It shows how our troops not being properly armed and transported could end very badly because we don’t want people to get the wrong idea. Reading this book will give you a better concept of what war is really like. Obviously it’s not going to be spot on because it’s from ...more
Ian Mullet
Jul 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who liked blackhawk down
i just kind of felt like i had to read some account of a battle in iraq since i pretty much know nothing about the military aspect past the letters ied. this is an account of the "battle" of sadr city, which was really a complex ambush followed by a chaotic series of rescue attempts, before soldiers knew their was such a thing as an insurgency and that armored vehicles would soon be a necessity. (by the way this is the battle where casey sheehan, cindy sheehan's son died, not in the rescue attem ...more
Urey Patrick
Gripping - and sobering. Raddatz describes the 24-hour battle on April 4, 2004 that started the six-month fight in Sadr City. A platoon from the First Cavalry Division on escort through Sadr City was ambushed and cut off. As they fought, for hours, attempts to relieve and rescue the platoon were ambushed and assaulted, endlessly, throughout Sadr City. It was an organized, wide spread and and relentless attack on the US Army forces. It was the precursor to the ensuing six-month battle of Sadr Cit ...more
Trenton Judson
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This humanistic depiction of a horrific battle during the Iraq war is beautiful and elegantly crafted. Multiple points of view tell the stories of the soldiers, commanders, and families involved, so that the reader gets a 360 degree view. There are other layers too, which include the emotional complexities of all involved and expert narrative of the harrowing experiences of soldiers and those who love them. This book will run you through a gambit of emotions from laughter to horror to joy, but i ...more
Jun 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: read2007
I don't even know where to start. I think this is a book that everyone should read. It is about a battle/ambush in Sadr City, Iraq. My brother Trevor was stationed there at the time. He was one of the lucky ones and was in armored vehicles at the time. If you read it Trev was in the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) the first group sent in to rescue the ambushed platoon. His platoon isn't talked about to much, as I said they were the lucky ones.

The reason I recommend this book to everyone is because i
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book and cried while on a trip to Arkansas over Thanksgiving weekend. Not the most comforting book for a mom of an airman and marine to read but I’m still glad that I did. The realities of war are brutal, I hope and pray that my sons stay safe but I know that whatever they are called to do they will.

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
Sarah R
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome story--I seriously couldn't put this book down. The story alternates between the chaos of battle in Iraq to the families back home in a very gripping way. It was horribly sad but so heartwarming at the same time. You can't read a story like this without feeling incredibly proud to be an American and proud of the sacrifices and devotion of our military. I found the battle it depicts particularly fascinating since it is the one in which Casey Sheehan, son of the infamous Cindy Sheehan, was ...more
I wanted so much to read a book that would immerse me in the reality of the War in Iraq. As much as I hate this war and hate those who put us there, the reality is that our soldiers are there, dying and fighting, and representing my country in the process. Perhaps I wanted too much from this book. Perhaps the author did, too. Even focusing on one horrible day- "Black Sunday" when our soldiers were ambushed in a previously-sedate Sadar City- there are so many names and stories tangled throughout ...more
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