House to House - David Bellavia

House to House

By David Bellavia

  • Release Date: 2007-09-04
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
From 481 Ratings



“A rare and gripping account of frontline combat.”—LTG (Ret.) H.R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty

“They used to say that the real war will never get in the books. Here it does, stunningly.” —Thomas E. Ricks, author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq and Making the Corps

“To read this book is to know intimately the daily grind and danger of men at war.”—Anthony Swofford, New York Times bestselling author of Jarhead

One of the great heroes of the Iraq War, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia captures the brutal action and raw intensity of leading his Third Platoon, Alpha Company, into a lethally choreographed kill zone: the booby-trapped, explosive-laden houses of Fallujah's militant insurgents. Bringing to searing life the terrifying intimacy of hand-to-hand infantry combat, this stunning war memoir features an indelibly drawn cast of characters, not all of whom would make it out alive, as well as the chilling account of the singular courage that earned Bellavia the Medal of Honor: Entering one house alone, he used every weapon at his disposal in the fight of his life against America's most implacable enemy. Bellavia has written an unforgettable story of triumph, tragedy, and the resilience of the human spirit.


  • A Combat Infantryman’s masterpiece

    By sidvish777
    The author is not only a magnificent warrior and gallant Patriot, he is a most talented and gifted writer. I just bought his second book only because he deserves the extra $15 even if the second book doesn’t measure up to the standard of his marvelous first effort. Sid Hare former U.S. NAVY carrier based attack pilot.
  • Full of action

    By Mikes34
    Well written. A book that is hard to put down. BZ
  • Brotherhood

    By loh513
    Perspective of American hero’s sacrifice.... Key into the theme of brotherhood
  • Needs to be on every Commander’s Reading List

    By Travis Maus
    Only a joe could tell a story like this. I laughed, I cried, I felt proud to be an American Soldier. It’s an unbelievable story of courage. It’s witty yet raw. It’s action packed yet reflective. Its brutally honest but honors those that sacrificed their lives. It’s everything a war novel should be but usually isn’t.
  • Glory to the true ground gods!!!

    By AJointFanatic
    Remarkable accounts of the men in Fallujah. If the Marines had their way, it would have been another battle in which the memory of other fallen service members would have been unnoticed due to their hubris and need for glory or recognition. Next generations warfare will require a culture change, one in which acknowledges the success in interdependency and seamless interoperability with all branches of the military!
  • Great Read!!!!

    By Russ_33
    This was a great book to say the least. There were a few times that I had to force myself to put the book down so I could go to bed. The Heroes in this book went through hell and I appreciate all of their sacrifices. I sure the words can't begin to capture how nasty it was over there. Read it - you won't regret it! Thank a veteran today! Thank you.
  • Combat Classic

    By Adamee22
    One of the best books depicting the close quarters combat most people don't want to know exists. A generation x kid faces off in a dark house against a faceless jihadist....classic.
  • Deserves a read

    By Dunnago
    I read House to House after watching the HBO documentary, "only the dead see the end of war". I felt the Mike Ware's documentary was sterile and lacked the integrity of point of view that only an actual solider could portray and looked up more about SSG. Bellavia's experience as one scene in the documentary showcases his heroics. This is a must read! If you want to understand the day to day of a modern US Army Infantryman then You Have to Read This Book! Amazingly detailed and incredibly intense. The sacrifice these guys made to take Fallujah cannot be forgotten. Their losses are only overshadowed by the current political leadership in DC (the Whitehouse) and their total lack of regard for the mission in Iraq and what we were trying to accomplish there. Hats of to the author and my deepest heart felt appreciation for his service from one 11B to another.
  • Mr

    By Bojon wright
    This is an awesome book. I've read many many nonfiction combat related books from all different eras. This is one if the best. What really got me was the author lets you in his head just as he's at the peak of an emotional charge while under fire. He starts screaming at the enemy like a madman, when something very surprising happens. The readers emotions are taken from an intense buildup of excitement to a sudden burst of laughter. A very good book. Highly recommended.
  • 5 star!

    By spc cole
    First book I actually read since middle school. Really makes me wish the 25th would deploy for once.