House to House

House to House

An Epic Memoir of War

Book - 2007 | 1st Free Press hardcover ed
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"On the night of November 10, 2004, a U.S. Army infantry squad under Staff Sergeant David Bellavia entered the heart of the city of Fallujah and plunged into one of the most sustained and savage urban battles in the history of American men at arms. With Third Platoon, Alpha Company, part of the Army's Task Force 2/2, Bellavia and his men confronted an enemy who had had weeks to prepare, booby-trapping houses, arranging ambushes, rigging entire city blocks as explosives-laden kill zones, and even stocking up on atropine, a steroid that pumps up fighters in the equivalent of a long-lasting crack high. Entering one house, alone, Bellavia faced the fight of his life against six insurgents, using every weapon at his disposal, including a knife. It is the stuff of legend and the chief reason he is one of the great heroes of the Iraq War." "Bringing to searing life the terrifying intimacy of hand-to-hand infantry combat, House to House is far more than just another war story. Populated by an indelibly drawn cast of characters, from a fearless corporal who happens to be a Bush-hating liberal to an inspirational sergeant-major who became the author's own lost father figure, it develops the intensely close relationships that form between soldiers under fire. Their friendships, tested in brutal combat, would never be quite the same. Not all of them would make it out of the city alive. What happened to them in their bloody embrace with America's most implacable enemy is an unforgettable story of triumph, tragedy, and the resiliency of the human spirit."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2007
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 1416574719
9781416574712
Branch Call Number: 956.70443 BEL
Characteristics: xi, 321 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Bruning, John R.

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NobleSix
Nov 08, 2012

FRICKEN BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You want to catch an authentic glimpse at what conditions were like during the battle at Fallujah(and the Iraq War) then read this book. Intense!!! An intimate (and gruesome at times) portrayal of what warfare is like. Sometimes military personal never get enough recognition for what they sacrifice for our sorry backsides. This book made me appreciate veterans and active duty troops even more.

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DeltaQueen50
Jun 26, 2011

I found the Iraqi war memoir House to House by David Bellavia to be very intense and vivid. His well written descriptions of combat in Fallujah tells of the lethal fighting that took place as the infantry battled from house to house for control of the city. These men had to deal with so much, from intense heat, unsanitary conditions to booby trapped buildings, all the while fighting fanatic militants who appeared to have no fear of death.

Most of the action in this book is centered on the events of November 2004. As they breach an opening into the city and then start the slow process of clearing each street, alley, house and stairway. I was so impressed with the positive, professional attitude of these soldiers, they had come to do a job and they buckled down to it accepting these terrifying conditions as part of the job. Of course, there was plenty of course language, some actual humorous moments, but underneath it all these soldiers were fierce in their brotherhood, they protected, watched out for and cared for each other.

The author’s defining moment of combat was a terrifying one. Alone in a dark house against an unknown number of drugged up fanatics, he has to use every bit of his training and experience to survive. A life changing experience of danger that’s unforgettable to read about.

David Bellavia has managed to convey to me a striking picture of combat, his account enabled me to experience a small amount of what these men go through. I have always had enormous respect for veterans, and this book totally justifies that respect.

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