House to House

House to House

An Epic Memoir of War

Book - 2007
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In November, 2004, a U.S. infantry squad in Fallujah plunged into one of the most sustained and savage urban battles in the history of American men at arms. Ssg. Bellavia and his men confronted an enemy who had had weeks to prepare, booby-trapping houses, arranging ambushes, rigging entire city blocks as explosive-laden kill zones, and even stocking up on steroids. Entering one house, alone, Bellavia faced the fight of his life against six insurgents, using every weapon at his disposal, including a knife. Bringing to life the terrifying intimacy of hand-to-hand infantry combat, and populated by a well-drawn cast of characters, this is more than just another war story. The book develops the intensely close relationships that form between soldiers under fire, in a harrowing story of triumph, tragedy, and the resiliency of the human spirit.--From publisher description
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2007
Edition: First Free Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781416574712
Branch Call Number: 956.70443 Bellavia 2007
Characteristics: xi, 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Bruning, John R


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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.

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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