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"Staff Sgt. Bellavia brings it. This is life in the infantry, circa right now. They used to say that the real war will never get in the books. Here it does, stunningly. You may not agree with it, or like what he has to say. Read it anyway -- and then sit silently for an hour or so and contemplate what he has done on behalf of his country."
-- Thomas E. Ricks, author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq and Making the Corps
"Like St. Mihiel, Normandy, Inchon, and Khe Sanh before it, Fallujah is one of the most horrific and hard-fought battles in U.S. history. SSG David Bellavia's riveting, poignant, and at times even humorous firsthand account vividly emphasizes why this battle must never be forgotten. And why, because of the breathtaking courage of Bellavia and his fellow troops, it was won."
-- Andrew Carroll, editor of War Letters and Behind the Lines
"David Bellavia shows us the stairways and alleys of Fallujah through the sights of his M-4. Politics and strategy are impossible luxuries for the combat infantryman, but Bellavia writes about even bigger themes: courage, fear, brotherhood, and duty. This is a humbling story, brilliantly told."
-- Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer
"A hair-raising tale of men in battle. House to House is about as raw and real as it gets."
-- Evan Thomas, author of Sea of Thunder
"House To House is a terrifically realistic account of the hardest kind of combat known to man. Staff Sergeant Bellavia puts you right there with his men as they see it. This is a must read."
-- Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin, USMC (Ret.), author of Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper
"Bellavia is the legend from Iraq. He went house-to-house in Fallujah killing the terrorists -- alone! MUST reading for all grunts."
-- Bing West, author of No True Glory
"House to House is a charged and honestly stark view down the rifle-sights of an infantryman during a crucial period in Iraq. Ballavia is our man with boots on the ground. To read this book is to know intimately the daily grind and danger of men at war."
-- Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead
About the Author
John R. Bruning is a prolific military and aviation historian who is the author and collaborator of many bestselling books.
- ASIN : B000W5MI12
- Publisher : Free Press; Reprint edition (September 4, 2007)
- Publication date : September 4, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 15453 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #174,201 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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This account should be a classic, illuminating not only his experience, or even that of his war, but of soldiers in all modern wars. He covers literally every moment and thought through a graceful read. And although Bellavia had some help with a veteran writer, Bruning, I can hear Bellavia in every sentence.
That said, this has the same theme as most of these books, every officer is an idiot, all support staff are garbage, the ROE is a joke, ya-da, ya-da... It is tiring. I was an officer, some of closest friends got blown up too, grunts were not the only ones in the suck. Also, some of the first person narrative about feelings was maybe a bit too drawn out. Overall, good historical record, okay book.
Last Saturday (10/12/19) My wife and I were privileged to attend the ceremony in which author, and now Medal of Honor recipient, David Bellavia received the keys to th the city of Niagara Falls NY. His speech was stirring, intelligent and sometimes even humorous.
I bought another copy which he graciously autographed an stood for a picture. Do not miss David if you have a chance to meet this remarkable man
Top reviews from other countries
This is the best firsthand account of the war by a combat participant I've read. Bellavia pulls no punches - not for the squeamish.