In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York State's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross. He has been nominated for the Medal of Honor and for the Army's second-highest combat medal, the Distinguished Service Cross.
©2007 David Bellavia; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"[W]ill satisfy readers who like their testosterone undiluted...a precise, hour-by-hour account of the fighting, featuring repeated heroic feats and brave sacrifice from Americans." (Publishers Weekly)
This book will open your eyes to what it means to de a hero. A true story that will give you a look at what it takes to be a hero and make you wonder "what would I do ?".
SSG. Bellavia, does a phenomenal work, and no bars held at painting the vividness of war. Through his detailed accounts of his engagements, to the humorous moments,and the powerful emotions, this book captures it all.
Very poignant and emotional. This book made me realize the toll it takes on a soldier and his family to be involved with war. I really do have much respect for all military but especially for infantry after listening to this book. Ray porter reads the book with great emotion and draws you in. Well done!
This is the story Americans need to hear...this is a true epic tale of what our soldiers face. The peek inside a warriors mind and heart are impacting. Now I know WHY my son feels so strongly about being a soldier even at the cost of time away from his family. He too will come home to us all and I pray all our men and women who are still in the fight know we love them and thank them all! HOOAH!!
SSG Bellavia's account and incredibly descriptive and vivid recollection of his experiences in Iraq was intense and gut wrenching. Better than any movie I've ever seen. I could picture every bit of the landscape and the battles. Grateful for his service and that he chose to share his story!
As a 7 year Army Combat Veteran...
this book opened my mind and heart to a few of my own personal battles with leaving the Military to be a father and how horribly my civilian life has crashed upon my feet. helping to move on with my life the way I need to on more levels then I can express. God Bless my BROTHERS who didn't make it back. UNIT WE WE REGROUP. I'LL TAKE THIS WATCH.
RIP SGT Kelly Lacey 1st KIA Afghanistan 2014.
Say something about yourself!
Like many great stories of combat, this is one that strikes with emotional truth as well as the details of war that need to shock us. We need to be reminded of what we send our soldiers to do. We all share the responsibility for what happens in this book. I compare this to both the the great novel, "All Quiet On The Western Front" or "The 13th Valley of or a memoir like "The Things They Carried" or "Band Of Brothers"
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