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Battle Cry

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  7,631 Ratings  ·  134 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

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Igor Ljubuncic
Apr 01, 2014 Igor Ljubuncic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leon-uris
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.

Matthew Klobucher
Jun 25, 2009 Matthew Klobucher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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
Mary JL
Nov 26, 2008 Mary JL rated it really liked it  ·  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
Aug 26, 2009 Wally8541 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 12, 2012 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 26, 2012 Feliks rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general
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
Jun 15, 2009 Rich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, military, war
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Another book I read years ago. Uris' take on a group of Marines from enlistment through the war (WWII). The men come from vastly different backgrounds and grow into a coherent unit. The book begins at the beginning of the war when America's armed forces were small and under equiped with only a small core of experinced troops. (this was true of Army, Navy, and Marines). The narrator is an experinced old time Marine sargent who leads the men through growth and battles.
Robert Sterling
Jun 16, 2015 Robert Sterling rated it it was amazing
A good look at the great war.

A very good look at what war is really about. Japan and Germany were very tough to fight, we won the war but it took a great toll on our Military. This was a good book and should be read by the younger generation today, because they have no idea what a real war is.
Aug 07, 2009 Frances rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 17, 2011 Lchamp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book on the train when I was on my way to basic training. I was surprised by how accurate the book was when describing training. I "relived the book" several times during basic training (and I was in the Air Force).
Don Livesay
His first book. A fast read, gave a good first hand account of war, pain, relationships. Sentimental, typical of the 50's. Glad I read it!
Don Rea
Jun 16, 2007 Don Rea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 29, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could relate to this book--I was a Marine Cpl. when I read the book.
Feb 17, 2017 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely great book! Written as though the reader is a part of the squad, you go through basic training with the characters, learn about their lives, and eventually go into combat together. Fascinating and emotional read
David Ford
Feb 08, 2017 David Ford rated it liked it
I loved Exodus and Mila 18 by this author. But this book was not as good as those. This was a pretty average WWII story. And the character dialog was a bit too cheesy to take seriously. I would skip this book and watch Band of Brothers instead.
Avis Ross
Read this book a long time ago. I have read all of Uris's books, and this one, which if I recall properly, was his first, I found a little less interesting than his others.
Bill Klanderman
Jan 16, 2017 Bill Klanderman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just discovered Uris and enjoy his style and suspenseful detail.
Robert Berman
Mar 23, 2016 Robert Berman rated it it was amazing
Battle Cry revisited

The Marine Corps has always been an enigma to civilians and soldiers alike. A marine who has graduated from basic training will honestly tell you that a graduate of either the Army Ranger program or the Navy Seal program could hold his own fighting a wounded Marine. While he tells you this with a smile on his face he speaks with absolute conviction. At its best the Marine Corps is a phenomenal fighting machine. At its worst the Marine Corps is a phenomenal fighting machine. "
Mar 24, 2012 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2013 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 14, 2014 Antipodes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Okay, it's not really WWII homefront -- it's WWII Pacific theater... but the book spends a lot of time in San Diego on boot camp, and I don't have a straight WWII shelf, so that's where I am putting this. This is probably the fifth or sixth time I've read this Uris novel -- I have something of a weakness for sweeping historical novels, whether crammed with romance (Barbara Taylor Bradford and, I guess, Jean Auel) or not... It's not like it's great literature, but it is enjoyable storytelling. Yo ...more
Peter Pike
Jan 16, 2016 Peter Pike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book by Leon Uris I ever read, and it was so gripping I couldn't put it down. Even though it's been nearly 20 years since I read it, I can remember parts of the novel vividly even today. The book was so well written, it even made me wish I could have been a Marine!

Uris's skill in "Battle Cry" was in developing realistic characters who you actually cared about. This made the actual battles tense and impactful. You care about who lives and who dies. It's not just action for the
Eric Mccutcheon
Oct 03, 2014 Eric Mccutcheon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 24, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Inken Purvis
Mar 11, 2014 Inken Purvis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 05, 2016 Cudeyo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo compré hace ya 20 años y no me canso de releerlo. Describe muy bien las experiencias de varios jóvenes americanos que se alistaron en los marines tras el ataque a Pearl Harbour: el típico hijo de familia de clase media, el del guetto, el indio de la reserva, un profesor universitario... El autor plasma en este libro su propia experiencia en el cuerpo de marines de EEUU.

Un libro coral, bélico, que en vez de centrarse en las batallas, dirige nuestra mirada a las historias personales de los recl
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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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