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… 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… 2007-03-01 Nonfiction War Putnam
Book Review

The Long Road Home (2007)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 01, 2007; Writer: Martha Raddatz; Genres: Nonfiction, War; Publisher: Putnam

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

Originally posted Feb 23, 2007 Published in issue #923 Mar 02, 2007 Order article reprints