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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 else. (Sept.)
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"This is life in the infantry, circa right now." -- Thomas E. Ricks, author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq and Making the Corps
"A riveting, poignant, and at times even humorous firsthand account." -- Andrew Carroll, editor of War Letters and Behind the Lines
"To read this book is to know intimately the daily grind and danger of men at war." -- Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead
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My favorite book. I could not put it down. I've read 80% of the books involving the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq. This easily stands out as my favorite.Published 16 days ago by Anon
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