House to House: An Epic Memoir of War. David Bellavia, Author, John Bruning, With. Free Press $26 (p) ISBN House to House by David Bellavia – One of the great heroes of the Iraq War, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia captures the brutal action and raw intensity of leading. SSG David Bellavia on House to House. Updated a long time ago. We had the honor of welcoming back to Pundit Review Radio SSG David Bellavia. It’s not.

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In an instant, his fists are pummeling me. Davif rock from his counterblows. He lands one on my injured jaw and the pain nearly blinds me. He connects with bellaviq nose, and blood and snot pour down my throat. I spit blood between my teeth and scream with him. The two davir us sound like caged dogs locked in a death match.

House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

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.

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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. 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 Beellavia 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 else. Ricks, author of Fiasco: See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: September 4, Sold by: Is this feature helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention house to house ssg bellavia david bellavia well written must read battle of fallujah read this houae men and women ever read recommend this book staff sergeant god bless iraq war great book great read feel like edge of your seat anyone who wants hhouse recommend sgt bellavia.

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Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. There is a poetic genius in candor of this account. As a former infantryman and combat veteran and a writerI can say that of all the war memoirs I have read, none come nearly as close to the full spectrum of infantry nouse 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 Tp 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. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Bellavia’s story had me turning page after page, since this book is very hard to stop reading once you start. Gritty, raw, sometimes savage account of what the bloody fighting in Iraq was really like.

Whether you feel “War on terror” is ill-conceived or going well or badly, you can’t ignore the bravery and sacrifice made by thousands of men and women like David Bellavia and his squad of truly courageous men.

If you want to understand what it is like to fight the battle hardened and drugged up enemies of Al Quaeda, Isis and the lot this book is the next worst thing to actually being there! One person found this helpful. Some books deserve the respect of intense reading The short nights were worth it.


My guess is they will be for you as well. This goes far deeper than reading a story told by the one who lived it. For each of us this may be different. Regardless, the book is a gift from the deep places within the heart of the writer that can touch deep places within us if we let it.

My thanks to David for having the courage to write and the compassion to be compelled by a love far greater than himself. Every war has it’s famous battles. During the War in Iraq, one in particular occurred–the battle of Fallujah.

This city was a mixture of citizens and infiltrated insurgencies. Therefore, this entire city needed to be thoroughly and completely cleaned for the citizens of Iraq, if not for the stability of the Middle East and the whole world at large. His role was SSG in charge of his men as they played a game of urban warfare with the bad guys. So the citizens of Fallujah took flight bel,avia the Army came in to remove bellavka bad guys.

Yet, there was nothing light-hearted at all when it came to the mission they were there for This was a different style of advid and after reading this book, I am so very proud of those who represented our country as they risked their lives going into these buildings. No building was cleared until they cleared it.

As written by this soldier, this was a unique battle which quickly became very personal as they engaged their enemy in so many of the housing units.

This was urban warfare and the only way to get the city back was by clearing out every nock and cranny of every home, behind every closet or under every bed, under every stairway, on every rooftop, and in every courtyard. Outside, they were sitting ducks as everything you could think of was shot at them.

That is why I described this battle the way that I did. Hats off to SSG David Bellavia, for all that he had to leave behind here at home, even though cavid able to withstand homesickness came with a price bellaiva well lived.

He had a son who could just not cope with dad missing so bellaviw of his life. But, the author’s life goes on, in a drastic twist and turn of events after his tours of Iraq are over, and as he explains this, hpuse seems fascinating, but in a different way than as he was youse an enlisted Army man. Thank you very much for your service. You sure faced, ached, fought, lost, but then again, surviving all in ways of your own.

Since your life has changed, it is just as interesting and valuable for us readers to know about so thanks for adding it to your book. I recommend this book highly. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. An Epic Memoir of War. Set up a giveaway.