This Is How Martha Raddatz Covers War

Following a group of American soldiers at home and in Iraq, the journalist came to understand the meaning of sacrifice.

For more than a century this magazine has told stories of war and its consequences. That’s also what journalist Martha Raddatz did in The Long Road Home, her book about a deadly Iraq War ambush, its casualties, and its survivors. A scripted series based on the book premieres November 7 at 9/8c on National Geographic.

Susan Goldberg: You covered the Iraq War from the beginning. Why was this the story that you wanted to tell?

Martha Raddatz: On April 4, 2004, in Baghdad, a platoon of the 1st Cavalry Division was ambushed and lost eight guys—the largest loss of life for the division since Vietnam. Just hearing the details later, I had to write about it. Truly, even after years of doing this kind of work, it was my first time telling the story of people in the battle for their lives.

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