The Iraq war took a bad turn on April 4, 2004, when Shiite militias ambushed a U.S. Army patrol in Baghdad’s Sadr City. In The Long Road Home, Martha Raddatz offers a competent account of the battle and a portrait of both the soldiers and their families back home (including antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan). The grisly firefight recalls the 1993 military disaster in Mogadishu that Mark Bowden so brilliantly captured in Black Hawk Down, but Raddatz’s narrative never achieves that velocity. While she refreshingly avoids polemics, her failure — or refusal — to put the tragedy in a larger moral or political context leaves you wondering what it all means. B
The Long Road Home The Iraq war took a bad turn on April 4, 2004, when Shiite militias ambushed a U.S. Army patrol in Baghdad's Sadr City. In The Long Road HomeThe Long Road HomeWar, NonfictionMartha Raddatz The Iraq war took a bad turn on April 4, 2004, when Shiite militias ambushed a U.S. Army patrol in Baghdad's Sadr City. In The Long Road Home2007-02-23Putnam
Genre: War, Nonfiction; Author: Martha Raddatz; Publisher: Putnam
Posted February 23 2007 — 12:00 AM EST
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