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)
Conservative, wars history Iraq, Civil, WW's classics, Twain, Steinbeck, Hemingway, my first audio bk old man and the sea. Addicted to audi
This book is fantastic I have listen to 30 or 40 books on Iraq and Afghanistan and this is in the top five. It is riveting and brutal.
It's hard to remember much of the story due to the overuse of curse words. I get that there are all kinds of people in this world and they are under extreme stress but it adds no value to the story.
Unquestionably brave men doing heroic things - unfortunately devalued by the author's immediate jump into the age-old trap of solipsism. Within five minutes of the opening, the narrator claims his group and those like him were the only real soldiers wearing uniforms in this conflict. Others were to be "despised". I make no personal claim one way or the other, but I can say I was directly involved with a number of these "non-warrior" soldiers who acted every bit as bravely, who bled to death just as their more "warrior-like" brothers did, and who were to be missed by their families every bit as much.
The top 5 of my hundreds of military audibles I've downloaded. I think I'm in the few hundred titles to be exact. Great books but sometimes the narrator can ruin a good listen. Patrick Lawlor to be specific. Great diction, a great reader, but not war stories please. His idea of say a gristled gunnery is painful
Riveting story. Excellent narration. A great testament to the incredible courage and ability to endure of the modern combat infantryman. Also shone a light on the ferocity of the battle of Fallujah. If I had been there, I probably would have been huddled in a corner crying for mommy. Makes me appreciate how much soldiers sacrifice. Highly recommend.
Top 3. I've read almost 10 specifically relating to military accounts (non-fiction) that occurred after 9/11.
First time, he's one of the best I've listed to.
95% of the book was very intense.
This is the real deal. What was endured and what is told here reveals an important and overlooked aspect of what it was really like on the ground in Iraq. Learn something of the sacrifices, the bonds, and the stress of facing the unknown-- the chaos. It is gripping, poignant, and at times, funny. But it is not for the faint of heart. If you're familiar with or interested in this type of genre / military memoirs, this will not disappoint. It definitely provided a deeper insight into the Army than other flashier titles from those of the Special Operations communities; I enjoy all of them though.
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