Leon Uris





Leon Uris

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in Baltimore, Maryland, The United States
August 03, 1924

died
June 21, 2003

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Leon Marcus Uris (August 3, 1924 - June 21, 2003) was an American novelist, known for his historical fiction and the deep research that went into his novels. His two bestselling books were Exodus, published in 1958, and Trinity, in 1976.

Leon Uris was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Jewish-American parents Wolf William and Anna (Blumberg) Uris. His father, a Polish-born immigrant, was a paperhanger, then a storekeeper. William spent a year in Palestine after World War I before entering the United States. He derived his surname from Yerushalmi, meaning "man of Jerusalem." (His brother Aron, Leon Uris' uncle, took the name Yerushalmi) "He was basically a failure," Uris later said of his father. "He went from failure to failure."

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Average rating: 4.19 · 143,291 ratings · 3,479 reviews · 41 distinct works · Similar authors
Exodus
4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 65,142 ratings — published 1958 — 51 editions
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QB VII
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 20,415 ratings — published 1970 — 41 editions
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Mila 18
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 15,841 ratings — published 1961 — 33 editions
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Trinity
4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 13,651 ratings — published 1976 — 32 editions
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The Haj
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 8,098 ratings — published 1984 — 26 editions
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Battle Cry
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Topaz
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 2,954 ratings — published 1967 — 32 editions
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Armageddon
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 2,889 ratings — published 1963 — 25 editions
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Redemption
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 2,521 ratings — published 1995 — 21 editions
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Mitla Pass
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 2,428 ratings — published 1988 — 26 editions
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“Who here wants to be a writer?' I asked. Everyone in the room raised his hand. 'Why the hell aren't you home writing?' I said, and left the stage.”
Leon Uris, Qb VII

“Huxley: "Tell me something Bryce, do you know the difference between a Jersey, a Guernsey, a Holstein, and an Ayershire?"
Bryce: "No."
Huxley: "Seabags Brown does."
Bryce: "I don't see what that has to do..."
Huxley: "What do you know about Gaelic history?"
Bryce: "Not much."
Huxley: "Then why don't you sit down one day with Gunner McQuade. He is an expert. Speaks the language, too."
Bryce: "I don't..."
Huxley: " What do you know about astronomy?"
Bryce: "A little."
Huxley: "Discuss it with Wellman, he held a fellowship."
Bryce: "This is most puzzling."
Huxley: "What about Homer, ever read Homer?"
Bryce: "Of course I've read Homer."
Huxley: "In the original Greek?"
Bryce: "No"
Huxley: "Then chat with Pfc. Hodgkiss. Loves to read the ancient Greek."
Bryce: "Would you kindly get to the point?"
Huxley: "The point is this, Bryce. What makes you think you are so goddam superior? Who gave you the bright idea that you had a corner on the world's knowledge? There are privates in this battalion who can piss more brains down a slit trench then you'll ever have. You're the most pretentious, egotistical individual I've ever encountered. Your superiority complex reeks. I've seen the way you treat men, like a big strutting peacock. Why, you've had them do everything but wipe your ass.”
Leon Uris

“All you have the right to ask of life is to choose a battle in this war, make the best you can, and leave the field with honor.”
Leon Uris

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