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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? His head snaps back against the floor. In an instant, his fists are pummeling me. I rock from his counterblows. He lands one on my injured jaw and the pain nearly blinds me. He connects with my nose, and blood and snot pour down my throat. I spit blood between my teeth and scream with him. The two of us sound like caged dogs locked in a death match.
We are. 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. 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 a harrowing, unforgettable story of triumph, tragedy, and the resiliency of the human spirit. A timeless portrait of the U. Read more Read less. Review "Like St.
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. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases. Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers.
Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. There is a poetic genius in candor of this account. As a former infantryman and combat veteran and a writer , I can say that of all the war memoirs I have read, none come nearly as close to the full spectrum of infantry combat as Bellavia and Bruning do with House to House.
The reasons this book hasn't won major acclaim or been awarded is because it is so singular and unique. It's not written in the tradition of Hemingway-esque novels, and for that I don't think it draws the attention it deserves.
If it did receive the attention, I think it would set a new standard for literature, as did In Cold Blood by Capote. House to House almost reads like a screen play, needing no droning paragraphs of descriptive prose to elucidate a situation as do some of the great classics. In a few short, gritty, honest sentences--how someone is eating, the thoughts in his mind--you are pulled closer to his reality than any naturalistic work I have read, be it even McCarthy or Faulkner. It's almost too in your face with it's resounding truth.
He forces himself upon you, like a real infantry grunt, and reading it is like wearing virtual reality goggles--scratch that, it's like being inside his actual head.
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. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.
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