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House to house : a soldier's memoir

Author: David Bellavia; John R Bruning
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Free Press trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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In November, 2004, a U.S. infantry squad in Fallujah plunged into one of the most sustained and savage urban battles in the history of American men at arms. Ssg. Bellavia and his men confronted an enemy who had had weeks to prepare, booby-trapping houses, arranging ambushes, rigging entire city blocks as explosive-laden kill zones, and even stocking up on steroids. Entering one house, alone, Bellavia faced the fight  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Named Person: David Bellavia; David Bellavia
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Bellavia; John R Bruning
ISBN: 9781416546979 1416546979
OCLC Number: 180756064
Notes: Originally published First Free Press hardcover edition September 2007 as "House to House: an epic memoir of war".
Description: xiii, 347 p. (6 p. of plates) : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The coffins of Muqdadyidah --
In the shit --
Beyond redemption --
The measure of a man --
Land rush --
Machines of loving grace --
The first angel --
Battle madness --
Doorways --
Dorothy's Oz gate --
Shadows and wraiths --
Rooftop Alamo --
The Stay Puft marshmallow cock --
Where feral dogs feed --
Better homes and gardens --
"The power of Christ compels you" --
The failed test of manhood --
A soldier's prayer --
Man-to-man --
Blood oath --
The last caress --
A smoke on borrowed time --
Nut to butt in body bags --
Broken promises.
Responsibility: David Bellavia ; with John R. Bruning.

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In November, 2004, a U.S. infantry squad in Fallujah plunged into one of the most sustained and savage urban battles in the history of American men at arms. Ssg. Bellavia and his men confronted an enemy who had had weeks to prepare, booby-trapping houses, arranging ambushes, rigging entire city blocks as explosive-laden kill zones, and even stocking up on steroids. Entering one house, alone, Bellavia faced the fight of his life against six insurgents, using every weapon at his disposal, including a knife. Bringing to life the terrifying intimacy of hand-to-hand infantry combat, and populated by a well-drawn cast of characters, this is more than just another war story. The book develops the intensely close relationships that form between soldiers under fire, in a harrowing story of triumph, tragedy, and the resiliency of the human spirit.--From publisher description.

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