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Staff sergeant Bellavia's account of the fierce 2004 fighting
in Fallujah will satisfy readers who like their testosterone undiluted. Portraying himself as a hard-bitten, foul-mouthed,
superbly trained warrior, deeply in love with America and the men in his unit, contemptuous of liberals and a U.S. media that
fails to support soldiers fighting in the front lines of the global war on terror, Bellavia begins with a nasty urban shootout
against Shiite insurgent militias. Six months later, his unit prepares to assault the massively fortified city of Fallujah
in a ferocious battle that takes up the rest of the book. Anyone expecting an overview of strategy or political background
to the war has picked the wrong book. Bellavia writes a precise, hour-by-hour account of the fighting, featuring repeated
heroic feats and brave sacrifice from Americans but none from the enemy, contemptuously dismissed as drug-addled, suicidal
maniacs. Readers will encounter a nuts-and-bolts description of weapons, house-to-house tactics, gallantry and tragic mistakes,
culminating with a glorious victory that, in Bellavia's view, will go down in history with the invasion of Normandy. Like
a pitch-by-pitch record of a baseball game, this detailed battle description will fascinate enthusiasts and bore everyone
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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
"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