House to House: A Soldier's Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 18, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 347 pages
21 Reviews
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, it develops the intensely close relationships that form between soldiers under fire. Their friendships, tested in brutal combat, would never be quite the same. 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.

House to House is a soldier's memoir that is destined to rank with the finest personal accounts of men at war. An instant classic in hardcover, this timeless story features a new afterword and a question and answer section with the author.
  

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Review: House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

User Review  - Craig Fiebig - Goodreads

Terrifying, enlightening, horrifying, worrisome. Bellavia's book evokes every possible gut-wrenching, mind-numbing emotion possible. I cannot believe what it takes for someone to serve in the infantry ... Read full review

Review: House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

User Review  - Shayne Burke - Goodreads

Hands down one of the best war novels I have ever read. Sounds like a bold statement, see for yourself. The grim detail of every combat situation is phenomenal. As I read I felt like I was there my ... Read full review

Contents

The Coffins of Muqdadiyah
1
In the Shit
21
Beyond Redemption
37
The Measure of a Man
59
Land Rush
71
Machines of Loving Grace
85
The First Angel
101
Battle Madness
105
The Power of Christ Compels You
209
The Failed Test of Manhood
217
A Soldiers Prayer
229
MantoMan
241
Blood Oath
249
The Last Caress
257
A Smoke on Borrowed Time
269
Nut to Butt in Body Bags
273

Doorways
115
Dorothys Oz Gate
131
Shadows and Wraiths
139
Rooftop Alamo
147
The Stay Puft Marshmallow Cock
165
Where Feral Dogs Feed
177
Better Homes and Gardens
191
Broken Promises
289
Afterword
311
Appendix
321
Brief Glossary of Terms
323
Acknowledgments
327
Reading Group Guide
333
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About the author (2008)

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.

John Bruning is the author or co-author of eight books including House to House by David Bellavia, Bruining has been a writer and historian for seventeen years.

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