Bestselling book on human toll of war to premiere on television

The New York Times bestselling book The Long Road Home, a compelling narrative that personifies the human toll of war, will be brought to life this November through an eight-part global event series on National Geographic.

The Long Road Home is the real-life-story of a small platoon from the 1st Cavalry Division of Fort Hood, TX, who were viciously ambushed in the Baghdad, Iraq suburb of Sadr City on April 4, 2004. The event would come to be known in the US military as “Black Sunday.” 

The story not only captures the tale of the soldiers from the platoon, but also those who were sent in to rescue the soldiers. The Long Road Home also captures the fears and heartbreaking emotions of the platoon’s family back home.No soldier fights alone. The soldiers in this story are no exception. The Long Road Home offers viewers an intimate window into the experience of war as seen through the eyes of the soldiers themselves and their families back home. It is an adrenaline-fuelled and heart filled journey that follows the action of battle on two simultaneous fronts — the chaotic, terror-filled streets of Sadr City, where a group of inexperienced young soldiers face an unimaginable attack, and the homefront at Fort Hood, where family members wait for news of their loved ones while fearing the worst,” stated a press release from National Geographic.

The story will be portrayed by a cast of well-known stars including Michael Kelly, Jason Ritter, E.J. Bonilla, Kate Bosworth, Sarah Wayne Callies, Noel Fisher and Jeremy Sisto

The series was filmed almost entirely at Fort Hood, TX. Fort Hood is the populous U.S. military installation in the world and is home to the 1st Cavalry.

The Long Road Home Premiers Nov. 7 at 9 p.m. EST.

National Geographic is available for free preview throughout the month of November.

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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