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Leon Uris (1924–2003)

Author of Exodus

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About the Author

Writer Leon Uris was born in Baltimore on August 3, 1924. He dropped out of school to join the Marines during World War II, but later returned to attend Baltimore City College. His first novel, Battle Cry (1953), was based on his time as a marine. He followed it with a series of New York Times show more bestsellers, including The Angry Hills, Exodus, Topaz, and Trinity. QB VII was adapted into a TV mini-series starring Ben Gazzara and Anthony Hopkins. Uris has also written non-fiction (including Ireland: A Terrible Beauty and Jerusalem: Song of Songs) and screenplays (Battle Cry and Gunfight at the O. K. Corral). He has won the John F. Kennedy Memorial Award from the Irish-American Society and the Scopus Award from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Leon Uris

Exodus (1958) 4,216 copies
Trinity (1976) 3,054 copies
Mila 18 (1961) 1,886 copies
QB VII (1970) 1,757 copies
The Haj (1984) 1,639 copies
Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin (1963) 1,039 copies
Topaz (1963) 882 copies
Battle Cry (1953) 881 copies
Redemption (1995) 867 copies
Mitla Pass (1988) 778 copies
A God in Ruins (1999) 596 copies
The Angry Hills (1955) 435 copies
O'Hara's Choice (2003) 416 copies
Ireland: A Terrible Beauty (1975) 343 copies
Exodus [1960 film] (1960) — Writer — 113 copies
Exodus Revisited (1960) 102 copies
Strike Zone (1967) 80 copies
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral [1957 film] (1957) — Screenwriter — 56 copies
Exodus; Mila 18; QB VII (1984) 33 copies
Exodus: Volume Two (1958) 19 copies
QB VII [1974 TV mini series] (1993) — Original book — 17 copies
Exodus: Volume One (1971) 16 copies
Trinity, Part 1 of 2 (1976) 14 copies
Battle Cry [1955 film] (1955) — Original novel/Screenwriter — 12 copies
The Haj, Part 1 of 2 (1984) 7 copies
Mila 18: Volume Two (1979) 6 copies
Trinity, Part 2 of 2 (1976) 6 copies
QB VII + Topaz (1979) 5 copies
The Haj, Part 2 of 2 (1984) 5 copies
Redemption Part 1 of 2 (1995) 4 copies
Mila 18: Volume One (1979) 3 copies
Redemption Part 2 of 2 (1995) 3 copies
Topaz / Armageddon (1988) 2 copies
Trinity / The Haj (1984) 1 copy
Armaghedon (2001) 1 copy
Armageddon, Part 1 (1974) 1 copy
The Hope 1 copy

Associated Works

Great Spy Stories From Fiction (1969) — Contributor, some editions — 77 copies
Topaz [1969 film] (1969) — Original novel — 70 copies
American Men at Arms (1964) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Angry Hills [1959 film] (1959) — Original novel — 3 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Uris, Leon
Legal name
Uris, Leon Marcus
Date of death
Burial location
Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico, Virginia, USA
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Place of death
Shelter Island, Long Island, New York, USA
Cause of death
kidney failure
Places of residence
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Shelter Island, New York, USA
newspaper correspondent
Uris, Jill (wife)
United States Marine Corps (WWII)
Awards and honors
Harry and Ethel Daroff Award (1959)
National Institute of Arts and Letters Grant (1959)
California Literature Silver Medal Award (1962 ∙ for Mila 18)
California Literature Gold Medal Award (1965, for Armageddon)
Irish/American Society of New York John F. Kennedy Medal (1977)
Eire Society of Boston Gold Medal (1978) (show all 10)
State of Israel Jobotinsky medal (1980)
Concord Academy Hall fellowship (with wife, Jill Uris), (1980)
Hebrew University of Jerusalem Scopus award (1981)
Honorary doctorates: University of Colorado, 1976; Santa Clara University, 1977; Wittenberg University, 1980; Lincoln College, 1985
Short biography
Leon Uris was a best-selling novelist known especially for doing deep research into his topics. He was a high school dropout who enlisted in the U.S. Marines at age 17 during World War II, serving in the South Pacific. His writing career began with short stories, and he published his first novel in 1953. Although not well appreciated by literary critics, his works were popular successes and introduced readers to many important social causes and historical events such as the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.



_Exodus_ by Leon Uris - a Group Read in May in 75 Books Challenge for 2013 (June 2013)


After writing "Exodus", Leon Uris produced this novel, also a description of Jewish heroism. Warsaw, capital of Polnd was the site of two uprisings against the German occupation. While the one in 1944, when the bulk of the city was finally destroted by the German army while the Russian Army sat just outside town, watching rather than assisting the Polish uprising, this work deals with the earlier uprising in 1943 when the Warsaw ghetto rose up and died fighting rather than be deported to the labour and extermination camps. The tale is compelling and well written. The Polish resistance did not aid the earlier uprising, either.… (more)
DinadansFriend | 25 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |
Half of book was rehash of Trinity
chuckcoughlin | 9 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
I desperately wanted a book that explained the foundations of Israel in historical fiction terms snd this book does so wonderfully. But it is more propaganda than historical fiction. All Arabs are smelly, backward and dishonest. All Jews are heroic with God on their side. And there are some out and out lies. There was a ship Exodus filled with Jewish refugees that was not allowed to disembark in Israel but it was not filled solely with children who were holocaust victims who went on hunger strike. This exaggeration made me doubt other claims in the book. Were the Middle East leaders all Nazi sympathisers? Did Israel really have so few arms?

That said, I learnt a lot. It’s just I want to know even more.

It was written in the fifties when the narrative was more about why Israel should exist. Nowadays everyone but HAMAS and Corbynites believes it should but we want more about how it can do so peacefully.
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mumoftheanimals | 65 other reviews | Apr 15, 2024 |
great story of the Middle East
dlinnen | 27 other reviews | Feb 3, 2024 |



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