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House to House: An Epic Memoir of War Mass Market Paperback – December 30, 2008
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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
About the Author
Staff Sergeant David Bellavia spent six years in the U.S. Army, including some of the most intense fighting of the Iraq War. He has been awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star for his actions in Iraq, and recommended for the Distinguished Service Cross and Medal of Honor for his actions in Fallujah. In 2005, he received the Conspicuous Service Cross (New York State's highest award for military valor) and was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. He is the cofounder of Vets for Freedom, an advocacy organization of veterans concerned about the politicization of media coverage of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. His writing has been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, National Review, The Weekly Standard, and other publications. He lives in western New York.
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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.
I have read reviews that debunk this book for immature writing, foul language, lack of believability, and disrespect for military order/rank. To me these reviews are missing the mark completely - this book is not trying to be anything other than what it is: a MEMOIR of war. The experiences of one man as he interprets and recounts them. I cannot commend this book enough as it offers an unfiltered and unmolested look into the mind, heart, and soul of a courageous human being experiencing extreme conditions and situations that would rock the very sanity of most people. He has laid bare his core for the reader to understand, empathize, and critique. By doing so, he demonstrates his incredible courage yet again.
My fiancé's infantry unit replaced SSG Bellavia's in Iraq in 2008. The stories he shared with me were so alien that I could hardly relate to or comprehend them. SSG Bellavia's detailed account of his experiences has helped me personally to grow stronger and begin to understand the trials of modern warfare. For that, I cannot thank him enough.