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Battle Cry

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  5,532 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Battle Cry is the riveting Marine epic by the bestselling author of such classics as Trinity and Exodus.

Originally published in 1953, Leon Uris's Battle Cry is the raw and exciting story of men at war from a legendary American author.

This is the story of enlisted men – Marines – at the beginning of World War II. They are a rough–and–ready tangle of guys from America's citi
ebook, 704 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1952)
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Marc Leroux
This is one book that I keep coming back to; my copy is in tatters from multiple readings. The story follows a group of young men that enlist in the Marine Corps in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor, through to the middle of the 1944. This was Leon Uris's first novel, and while it certainly will not rank as one of the classic novels of literature, it is fast paced, with engaging characters.
Matthew Klobucher
This book is for the Marine Corps what "Tales of the South Pacific" was for the Navy: a great tale of the organization's finest hour told through the experiences of those who lived it. The characters are quirky and authentic, representing a partial cross-section of America at large, and they are pleasingly sympathetic. The narrator Mac is an archetype, a tough, dedicated, professional warrior with surprising wisdom and insight and a deep, melancholy appreciation for the separation between himsel ...more
Mary JL
Jan 18, 2010 Mary JL rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of military fiction; fans of WW2 fiction
Shelves: fiction-classics
This book is a personal favorite of mine. I read in first back in the 1970's and have read it several times since.

With so many reviews, there is little new I can say that many fans of this book have not already said. I really like the diversity of characters--studious Marion; All-American Boy Danny' street tough Joe Gomez and anothers. I really like the different varities of scenes--there is both humor and tragedy. Yes, some the scenes are a bit unevern, but this WAS a first novel.

I like the way
I served 8 years in the Marine Corps. I read this book while I was a Marine option Navy ROTC midshipman, it was the propaganda the doctor ordered. A little on the melodramatic when it comes to the romance (yeah, there are chicks in this book), I loved this book! Granted, I bought into the Esprit de Corps from a very young age, but Uris is a good writer and even my wife read and liked it (I made her when we were dating. It was sort of her test like in "Diner" :-)). I would follow up this book wit ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Leon Uris joined the Marines at age 17 and fought on Guadalcanal and Tarawa. My own father served on the USS Neville (APA-9) as a Master Electrician from 1943 - 1945. He says he didn't see any action, but I don't believe him. The ship carried the boys to and from Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan: the battles that are depicted in Battle Cry, Uris' first novel. It is written quite well for a first novel and from it strong emotions exploded in this reader. I laughed. I cried. I got angry. I got happ ...more
I LOVE this book. I first discovered it over 25 years ago and I still keep going back to it to read it again. It is the only book that I have ever finished and then turned back to the first page to start all over again. I love the way you get to know the characters, how each one has his story and how each one lives or dies. It is incredibly sad when one of the characters you love dies but that is the way of war. The book also has an fabulous feel good factor but it always makes me cry. "Home is ...more
Igor Ljubuncic
No limericks today. Just a few words. This is a really awesome war book.
The style is similar to James Jones. You get that mad sadness and humor blended together, the kind only people who have lived through battle can appeciate.

Pulling on his own experience as a Marine in WW II, Leon Uris--known for his epic novels such as Exodus, Trinity, Mila 18--tells the story of the US Marines who fought in the South Pacific--the officers, the grunts, the street-wise toughs, the guys from everytown USA. It's got humor, guts, glory, and heart break. There are some scenes from bootcamp that will have you laughing till you cry. And some of the battle scenes will have you crying. Been too many years, I need to go back and re-read this ...more
Frances Fuller
I started off forcing myself through the first 100 pages, the next almost three hundred, I took breaks to look up the information I was trying to absorb. It went from a two star to a five star book over the four days it took me to read. Not many books can make me laugh, cry, and learn, all within 476 pages.
Battle Cry by Leon Uris is definitely a book which would appeal more to those who have served, or know someone who has, their country in time of war. The narrator, Mac, is a 'lifer' in the Marine Corps prior to the start of WWII. He and others like him are charged with the task of turning thousands of 18 year old kids into fighting Marines able to take on the Japanese in the Pacific theater. The story follows a squad of radiomen as they make that transition and are shipped out to New Zealand to ...more
Inken Purvis
Quite simply, one of the best books I've ever read. Battle Cry is a book I reread again and again. The people in this story are so real and meaningful, it brings a lump to my throat each time, even tho I know already what happens to them all. Loosely based on Uris's own experiences during WW2 in the Marines, Battle Cry tells the story of a group of young men (and women) from disparate backgrounds who become friends and comrades during one of the worst times in their lives and who have to live wi ...more
Don Rea
Here is a ripping good storyteller doing what many authors have tried to do but usually not as well: Making the connection between being a soldier and being human.
I could relate to this book--I was a Marine Cpl. when I read the book.
Eric Mccutcheon
This book snuck up on me. I thought that it was a rosy-hued, sugar-coated version of the war in the Pacific and for much of the book, it was. But the beauty of the book was that set up. When the real action and drama comes in the last 75 pages, I was totally invested in the characters. The author did not pull any punches in the end. Overall, because of the time that this book was written in, there were definitely still some questionable ethnic and gender issues. I didn't let it ruin it for me. I ...more
Hard to get into the "Marine Stuff" WW II in the Pacific.Stories of individual soldiers was good.

Coral Atols-island formed by depressions in the ocean. Larger islands sunk leaving hard shelled little coral ones above the surface.

Micronesia-one of the 3 major groups of islands in the central Pacific..Atolls run in several groups, Ellice island, the Gilberts, the Marshalls.
vary from several yards to several miles in length. Width is seldom more that a few hundred yards. Micronesia is a subregion
If I had not already read Robert Leckie's Helmet for my Pillow and Eugene Sledge's With the Old Breed, I would have thought that Battle Cry was an exceptional portrayal of the Marine Corps' exponential growth after Pearl Harbor and the intensely bloody island campaigns of WWII; as it turned out, it was just on the shy side of excellence.

The aforementioned books were memoirs while this novel was based on Uris' experiences during the war, a subtle but significant difference as Uris toned down the
Classic war story; so revered and respected it was often issued to cadets in military training schools and ROTC programs. Approved by the US military. Of course, you can take that two ways. And you should.

Its remarkable precisely for its staid, underlying blandness and tight-lipped aspect; the airless quality; the lack of all the normal and messy psychology; the omission of doubt and mistrust that we know happens in real life. Its a book which is written.. 'by-the-book'. At least that's what I r
Riveting page-turner

Leon Uris is a champion of history, book-lovers and the human condition.

I have enjoyed three of his books so far: Exodus, The Haj and Battle Cry.

No matter the year written, they are still relevant subjects today.

Peter Charleston
World War II in the Pacific as seen by the Marine communication folks. A historical/fiction novel relating to the lives of a few marines preparing for combat, their battles and their return. Thanks to all who have served.
Nina Stafford
I first read my father's copy of this book in which he had made comments in the margins. He told me it was like the author had followed him around while he was a Marine in the South Pacific. I really enjoyed this book.
This is a precious book in my collection. Another one of my all time favourites. It gives me an indescribable feeling in the pit of my stomach. Why do we keep doing this to each other.
Meh. After the powerful Mila 18 this one failed to keep my attention. Seemed shallow. I quit halfway through it. If you want to read Leon Uris, don't read this one.
So far, I just love this book. It is epic like Michner's books, but more about the characters (a bit of Payton Place for the military). Anyway, this book is from the 1950s (I don't know how I missed this author)and is about 4-5 guys in the marines in WWII. Most are drafted and serve under "Mac" one of the main narrators. The book is mostly about these men and their relationships at home and with each other as they work through boot camp and into war in the Pacific. Not much war action and I'm on ...more
Roger Huder
The story of Marine Corp during World War II narrated by an one of the Old Breed who leads a group newly enlisted Marines through the hell of the Pacific. Uris was a Marine in WWII and this was the first book he wrote. I read it as a teenager and it was the reason I eventually enlisted in the Marine Corp. As usual great characters pull you through the story of the battles on those god awful islands and the liberties in between. Not as gruesome as the histories that came out of those campaigns bu ...more
Sam Davis
Fabulous book by Leon Uris! The United States Marine Corps went through extraordinary changes in the Second World War. From a small unit mainly used for Embassies and ship-board to a huge juggernaut to prize Japan's defensive island ring. This book covers those growing pains. Characters like Danny, a new recruit to Mac, an old salt carry this book for any interest level. I highly recommend this book!
Keith Slade
Good historical novel on the marines in WWII. Saw the movie too.
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Saddest story I ever read. Uris artistically portrays all the characters in the book so that you feel like you actually know them.Too many people always die in war.Seems stupid to say.
Sep 13, 2010 Shelly rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Current/Former Marines
One of Uris' novels is on my top ten list, Mila 18, covering the same period of history. Looks like that will be the only one for a while.

While there is no doubt that Uris is one of the best contempory authors of the last century I have not succumbed to the propaganda that "everybody talks this way so just read past it and get over yourself". And to all those that think this kind of language is okay I would challenge you to re-sensitize yourself and then tell me it doesn't bother you.
I had read a number of science fiction and library books for young people by the mid-fifties. This was the first adult novel that I read and as a naive teenager I was awed by the language and sexual suggestions that this book so casually included. I read it again later as an adult and found it almost tame about those issues and write it off as a simpler, more naive time. But in 1955 and as a fourteen year old, it was unforgetable and it's review reflects that impressionable time.
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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 pa
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