I have written these reviews in the order of which I read them, which coincidentally was the order in which Leon Uris wrote them. As stated in. Armageddon by Leon Uris not only great fiction, but also a wonderful historical fiction book, interweaving fictional characters with historical. Armageddon by Leon Uris – book cover, description, publication history.

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Clavell wrote King Rat which is very good, and especially Shogun. I can’t say for sure, because Uris covered his tracks really well.

An Intellectual Mediocrity: Armageddon – Leon Uris

Uris’ novel Topaz was adapted for the screen and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. If you like 20th Century history, you must read this book it is both informative and rewarding in its reading. Americans, very very good; Nazis, very bad; Communists very very bad. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.

The description of the Berlin Airlift is quite vivid as is the inter-action between people of the five nations involved as the three major Western Allies rub along with the Soviet occupiers of East Berlin and East Germany.

Helen Yes there is. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I thought for students of history, this was a worthwhile read. I have a few Gore Vidal books but they are relatively boring reads compared to Mr. His father, a Polish-born immigrant, was a paperhanger, then a storekeeper.

Leon Uris is the best at the historical novel genre. I have read some of the negative reviews of this book which focus, for instanceon the sexism and stereotypes, and I agree with those comments. The unadulterated adulation of American heroism was a little too contrived, and did not help the cause. The title should be at least 4 characters long.


I started missing out on historical facts, unlike as was in the first two parts. If you have read Exodus by Leon Uris, you know he tends to write from a particularly strong viewpoint. Meanwhile, Soviet forces blockade Germany in a bid for power, and the Western Allies must unite to prevent a communist takeover. And the list of engineering and problem-solving firsts goes on.

Goodreads helps you lron track of books you want to read. Also included, is focus on the treatment of the German women by the Russian army, and also in the background at times, as to how the communist Russians at aarmageddon time had been not much different than the Nazis.

Open Preview See a Problem? This was the part, upon reading, that I thought I was reading an amazing book. The terrific first half inverts the standard WWII dynamic by placing the conquered Germans as withered husks to be exploited by foreign powers, starved and raped by occupying forces, lwon almost pitied.

At 17, he enlisted in the US marine corps inand, like his near contemporaries James Jones and Norman Mailer, saw action in the Pacific campaign.

Jun 07, Nathan rated it really liked it. Sep 30, Becca rated it really liked it. Some of my favorite characters from the first half are pretty much nonstarters in the second, although they are crucial to the ending. Love all Leon Uris books and this one did not disappoint.

I read it it with great enthusiasm as it was history which occured during my lifetime and in fact, my Army time was extended over the Berlin Wall Crisis in Uris weaves fictional characters in to historical events with skill, even if some character depictions run flat. Through the massive success of his novels and his skill as a storyteller, Uris has had enormous influence on popular understanding of twentieth-century history. Russia was ridiculously guilty of blatant lying and trickery, at least according to Leon Uris.

The book also attempted to show how German and American attitudes and culture differ and the problems it created for de-Nazification.


TOPAZ is another one – about cuban blockade. It makes me proud of the men and women who risked so much, and the determination of America during that time. I just wish we could add an epilogue forty years later with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

If you are like me, and like SOME of those details, leoh are more interested in the people involved in the story, then you will probably need to adopt my method of reading this book, along with a healthy dose of skimming over certain sections of the story.


Uris’ research skills and his talent of weaving historical facts into his fictional storyline are amazing. Uneven character and story development marred the quality of this work for me. Uris was married three times. We will find a way to make that item lighter.

Moreover, the characters started sounding like Yoda, but I still persisted, as I really really wanted to read about the Berlin Airlift.

Coming on the heels of both Exodus and Mila 18, Armageddon found itself in the unenviable position of having big boots to fill. Most of Russia and the other captive states that comprised the Soviet Union simply did not think or act like the West. Uris was married three times: Armageddonor Armageddon: Was he a racist? Through the massive success of his novels and his skill as a storyteller, Uris has had enormous influence on popular understanding of twentieth-century history.

The Warriors Series Boxset I. May 12, happy rated it it was amazing Shelves: There were some brief but nicely handled descriptions of the events like the Soviet betrayal of leno Polish Underground and the Siege of Leningrad. Western culture had been imported into only a few of the larger cities.

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