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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I guess I’ll have to read a non-fiction book about the Berlin Airlift armagedddon figure out what’s what. I started missing out on historical facts, unlike as was in the first two parts. In addition, since the book was published inpolitical correctness did not distort the historical facts.

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I also found it interesting that the European nations felt the Americans did not know how to “conquer” properly, and their rationale for that. Quotes December 8, at So I clearly got something from reading it. The Journey in Between.

Leon Uris is damn hard to beat and I have not really found another writer of historical fiction like him. BTW great reviews of all his novels!!! As a writer, Uris was a considerable spokesman for American Jews. Berlin Airlift came and went, and Uris made sure that I didn’t know who did what.

Initially, I was delighted by the amount of information Uris started ladling out, and I settled-in for a scrumptious page long brain feeding orgy. Some is pure exposition describing events and attitudes, some follows the history of various characters and how life in the US, Russia, and Germany affected their attitudes and their stations in life, and some follows the personal relationships of characters and how events affect them.

My suggestions would be to give Edward Rutherford and James Clavell a try. Uris’s aim was spelled out at the end of Armageddon: Modern readers know the broad strokes of what happened, but the book is full of jaw-dropping details that bring to life the what-ifs that led to a generation of Communist domination in Eastern Europe.


Arrmageddon can dig for historical errors, but they are few. He 5 stars on my scale is a book that I will read again and one that I might buy for urris else to read.


It is the only book that truly describes what it was like in Germany after the war. Armageddon is so much like Exodus in its scale and sweep. Armageddon is a novel about a people struggling to find redemption in the shadow of the horrors they have committed while suffering the torments inflicted by their conquerors.

Through flashbacks inserted in the narrative, he told his readers, in some detail, about the “living history” of Israel, and its nearly-forgotten roots in the Balfour Declaration, the Dreyfus case and the hard life of Jews in Tzarist Russia. Was he a racist? Uris’ research skills and his talent of weaving historical facts into his fictional storyline are amazing.

If you have read Exodus by Leon Uris, you know he tends to write from a part I am giving this book 4 stars with a qualifier. That should be the best part of the armagedvon, yet it felt uneven and difficult to appreciate how much was really at stake – in part because the characters introduced toward the end are one-dimensional, and in keon because the author gives little insight into the Soviet side of affairs.

Books by Leon Uris. I seriously doubt that we could do such a thing again.


I wonder what Uris would write about that now. I soldiered on until, by chance, i happened across Wouk’s The Caine Mutiny on my bookshelf. He is one of my most favorite novelists. The Airlift itself armagsddon a part of the story after about pages. Fast moving, suspenseful and full of real life events. Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams. The Warriors Series Boxset I. It caused me to to read up on the German occupation and the Berlin airlift.


His father was an immigrant paperhanger, a specialist in failure. This one took me weeks.

Armageddon is one of the great fictional portrayals of Europe in the earliest days of the Cold War. The narrative tended to be a bit preachy and the overall “God Save America” Patriotism grated a bit on my non-American nerves after awhile.

Only thing I’ll remember about “Armageddon” is that that Uris probably thought that a woman’s uri mentionable character trait was whether she was “big-busted” or not Nov 04, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: Wouk offers great characters and historical details, stories that sweep you up.

The one I am missing is Exodus, his most famous work and it is now on my list to read. A fascinating read that kept me coming back night after night. Better novels by this author include Mila 18, Exodus, Q. Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. 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. Americans, very very good; Nazis, very bad; Communists very very bad. OMG brought new attitudes of governance to convert a conquered people.

But, I enjoyed this book and felt it described the shock and horror of discovering the death camps, the uis initial “naivety ” of the west in dealing with the Soviets, and the unique challenges of Berlin very well.

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