'If there is a better book conveying what it is like to take part in a brutal, violent, urban battle, I've yet to read it . . . Stunning' -- James Holland, Sunday Telegraph
'One of the best accounts of close quarters fighting of our time . . . disturbingly good'
-- The First Post website
'Some of the most ferocious hand-to-hand combat I have ever read . . . Like Mark Bowden's classic account, Black Hawk Down' -- Financial Times
From the Inside Flap
On the night of November 10, 2004, a U.S. 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 modern warfare.
With Third Platoon, Alpha Company, Bellavia and his men confronted an enemy who had had weeks to prepare, booby-trapping houses, arranging ambushes, amassing weapons, rigging entire city blocks as explosives-laden kill zones, and even stocking up on atropine, a steroid that pumps up fighters in the equivalent of a long-lasting crack high. 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 searing, visceral 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 the enemy is a harrowing, unforgettable story of triumph, tragedy and the resilience of the human spirit.
If the Second World War belonged to the generals, Iraq belongs to the sergeants, corporals and privates. Iraq is a platoon's war. Nobody has seen more of it than Staff Sgt David Bellavia. House to House is not a political book about the rights or wrongs of the invasion of Iraq: it is simply one of the most searing and heart-stopping stories of any soldier in any war.