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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  93,341 ratings  ·  1,834 reviews
Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon--the towering novel of the twentieth century's most dramatic geopolitical event. Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies--the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power. Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury: the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom figh ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published October 1st 1986 by Bantam Books, Inc. (first published September 1958)
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Tere Fredericks Actually, according to a Jewish website I found, the events of the Exodus were basically true, only the ship's name was changed. Also, the Arabs (as d…moreActually, according to a Jewish website I found, the events of the Exodus were basically true, only the ship's name was changed. Also, the Arabs (as depicted in the book, not all but a goodly number, as still today) certainly Arabs fought as they still do, for the same reasons. In fact, I remember Nasser's name, a lot of the names in this book. Part historical novel, part history lesson, once read, never forgotten.(less)

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Jan 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book is useful for learning the romantic Zionist version of events surrounding 1948, but contrary to several of the reviews here, it is NOT a reliable historical source or one I would recommend for those interested in seriously learning about the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Describing this book as an accurate historical account from which to draw important information about the conflict is akin to promoting Gone With the Wind as a complete guide to the American Civil War. Uri ...more
Nandakishore Varma
Even though I was caught up in the book when I first read it, I had to leave it halfway through... and when I went back to it some years later, after learning more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (not the American-Israeli fiction, but real history), I felt I couldn't read it, it was so nauseating. Now I work in the Middle East, and see the conflict more close at hand. I could talk with many displaced Palestinians, and hear their side of the story. And the aversion to the book has increase ...more
Mar 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone wishing to understand the origins of the arab israeli conflict

Among the top five books I have ever read, and also one of the most important.

A poignant and beautifully-told story that shares a painful struggle in Jewish history - one of the many that goes untalked about in modern history classes. This book should be mandatory reading in all highschools. Although it is a novel, it is completely framed in historical facts (I know because the stuff I read was so unbelievable, I had to look it up for myself to see if it was true - I even found publically-avail
Ahmad Sharabiani
Exodus, Leon Uris

Exodus is a historical novel by American novelist Leon Uris about the founding of the State of Israel beginning with a compressed retelling of the voyages of the 1947 immigration ship Exodus and describing the histories of the various main characters and the ties of their personal lives to the birth of the new Jewish state.

In 1946 American foreign correspondent Mark Parker and American nurse Kitty Fremont reunite as old friends. Kitty is an American volunteer at the Karaolos int
Em Lost In Books
I don't think we live in such a black and white world. One man's heaven could be others' nightmare and vice versa. Every coin has two sides, and there are always stories that we don't know, so I think it is harsh to divide one faction into good and other into bad. ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Anne (Booklady) by: Patrice Molinarolo, the late Eleanor Molinarolo
10 Stars, if I Could!!!!

Much to my chagrin I have never read Leon Uris! Why I waited? I have no excuses to serve up. Uris writes BIG BOOKS that are quite spectacular. He is one of very few brilliant maestros in literature, in my opinion. He writes with an ease that kept me turning the 648 pages of this great masterpiece. His research into the facts of Palestine and the exoduses to her holy land is extensive and as factual as possible in pre-electronic 1958. His characters are so well developed
Debbie Zapata
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saturdaymx
Another of my 'Haven't Read This In 30 Years' titles, the trigger event here is the dramatic story of children who become passengers on the ship Exodus. But woven in and around this escapade is the intense story of a people, a dream, a country. We are shown a bit of Jewish history: some chapters will make you feel you are being punched in the gut. We dream the dream of next year in Jerusalem almost as vividly as the characters of the book, who never give up hope. We participate in the creation o ...more
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This remarkable book documents the birth struggle of the Jewish State of Israel. Many Holocaust survivors, amongst others, took part in that labor. This account is historically accurate (as historical novels go). The reader comes to know the characters intimately-the dashing soldier/hero Ari Ben Canaan who falls in love with Kitty Fremont, the American nurse who reluctantly works with the Jews and grows to change her condescending attitude to a genuine love for these people. There is the vivacio ...more
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
While overall I liked the book, still, some niggling thoughts ate at the corner of my mind as I made my way through Exodus.

Whereas this book is fiction, for some reason, I came to this thinking that what Uris put down is very close to fact. What worried me as I read it, is that it isn't. Why? Every Jew good, every Arab bad. (As well as the British who colonized Palestine at the time of Israel's independence.) That's too cut and dry for me. In every conflict there is a right and wrong, this I bel
Larry Bassett
This is another book that I read as a young teenager. I don't think I knew anyone who was Jewish and knew hardly anything about the history of Israel. This book took me way outside my normal white suburban world. It was another one of those thick books that I looked at and wondered how I could ever read that many pages. But I did.

I am reading this book again, fifty five years later.

I have read a few other reviews of this book and find some that allege it is extremely anti-Arab. This may come fr
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Really, this is one of my all time fave books. It really captures the history (ACCURATELY, I might add!) of how the country of modern-day Israel was born and all the incredible struggles that the Jews faced from seemingly every direction. A fantastic historical novel, even thought it's fiction. I highly recommend this to anyone who feels they could beef up on their historical understanding of the middle east of today--will really help you read through the western media when watching the news! ...more
Yael Itamar
May 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book is chock-full of bad prose, flat characters, and very unfortunate implications. Every Jewish character is brave, strong, smart, and talented. The Arabs, on the other hand, are all cowardly, stupid, and possessive of women (with one exception, but he dies early on.)

The founding of Israel was controversial, and you would think that an author writing about it would address the moral ambiguity. Leon Uris doesn't even try. He turns a complex, multi-sided historical event into a cliched batt
Tamar...light at the end of the tunnel?
I was just reminded of this novel/author by Em Lost In Books. I read this over 50 years ago and I loved it. This is one of those pretend-you-are-sick-and-stay-home-in-bed-to-read-all-day books.

I've also seen the movie at least half a dozen times over the years.
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Absolutely Everyone
Excellent; one of the best works of historical fiction I've read. I gobbled it up and couldn't get enough in one sitting. This story of the Jews is amazing and seemed to me more powerful than any one account of the Holocaust I've read because it's not one individual's or one family's ordeal, but the story of an entire people - you really feel the tragedy of their history and the glory of their hard-won victory in gaining their own state. Beautiful and moving.

From an old notebook I found this wee
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's an important historical novel that, within a fictionalized approach, offers excellent insight into the formation of the Jewish state and nation of Israel in the late 1940s. In fact, EXODUS opens in 1947 as underground Jewish groups attempt to thwart the British attempts to keep Palestine-bound Jewry sealed up in virtual concentration camps in other areas like Cyrpus, in the obvious hope they will give up any attempt to find their homeland and return to war-torn Europe. The hypocritical and ...more
Deborah Pickstone
This blew me away. And has done the same thing every time I read it over the many years - I think I was about 14 when I read it. It is done from the Israeli side and we know that it is a biased account and it is FICTION and was written in 1959. What it does say, though, is how good it was to have a country when Jews have been disenfranchised and defenseless for centuries and across all the walks of life.

Yes, now we see that there were a whole mass of people who were also disenfranchised - the Le
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Mike by: Adam
It is not so often that a book stirs up so many emotions as Exodus. Exodus is an American masterpiece, a story woven with intricate threads creating a thought provoking story of tragedy and triumph. It tells the story of the establishment of Israel, and the atrocities that occured at the time. Despite moving slowly at the beggining, it quickly picks up and is a visceral thrillride. As battles are thought and the conditions grow bleaker for the protagonist, the more the reader feels involved with ...more
Dec 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
one of my favorite books, I just wish a few more people would read it!

Fantastic way to learn more about the Jewish history as a whole and the Jewish National Movement specifically. Plus, it has a really great love story!

I learned so much that I did not know or understand about Jewish history, and in such an easy-read format. Takes a little while to get moving, but so worth it!
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is still the best book I ever read about the birth of the state of Israel, searing with passion and immediacy, even-handed enough to mourn a troubled future relationship with the Palestinians.
Linda Hart
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I read this book 60 years ago, when it was first published, it had a profound effect on my life. About 25 years later, after a trip to Israel many of the incidents and parts of the story came back to me, so I did a quick RD Digest reread.
James Burns
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-librairy, fiction
If you love Jewish/Israeli History. If you like reading about the crimes committed and the heroics performed during the Holocaust. If you like to read about Zionism and How Countries of the world effected or hindered the establishment of a Jewish State. And last but not least, and you want this to be a novel, which is historically accurate, look no further, this is the book to read. I truly loved reading this book, I couldn't hardly put it down. It was so easy to read, I became a part of the Sto ...more
Nov 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: fiction
There is no better tale than this of how brave these people were and still are. I read this many times and have to's been awhile. ...more
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Exodus is best compared to Exodus. A historical account very much in the vein of its namesake. By which I mean it is over-inclusive, over-long, and makes no attempt at balance. This zeal in itself is not a bad thing, but we mustn't be tempted to treat it as an accurate historical account. Most concerning to me is that this 'history' is littered with fictional characters who become hard to tease out from the truth.

The book gets off to a rather good start actually. We have a sense of adventure and
Lisa (Harmonybites)
May 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
An Israeli friend of mine first recommended Uris--particularly his The Haj, about Arab/Israeli relations, and I remember liking that novel. Maybe it's that my tastes have changed, or just that this was one of Uris' first novels, but my impression of this one is that it had the materials to be a gripping, first-rate story if only Uris got out of his own way.

Uris attempts to tell the story of the birth of modern Israel--and maybe takes on too much. The story, set in 1946, is framed as being about
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tifnie by: Shawnah
WOW! I love this book. I would give it 10 stars if Goodreads allotted it.

Exodus is about the Jewish plight out of Cyprus to Palestine and building upon the holy land. More specifically it is about survival in German concentration camps, the evacuation of 300 children from a Cyprus on a container ship - Exodus, and what happened to the Jews once they landed in Palestine. It's about how the British botched protection, how the Arabs hated the Jews and sought revenge at ALL cost, and how the Jews ne
Mar 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read this is college and really liked it. I wasn't aware how one sided it was (very pro-zionist) until I was talking about it with a friend of mine who was studying Israeli/Palestinian history. While reading I assumed this was historical fiction, meaning the characters might not be real, but the events in the story were true and presented objectively. Well, it needs to be read carefully, with the understanding that the writer had a very strong point of view in favor of the Jews. My friend reco ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I loved this book when I read it years ago, but apparently the story of the King of Danemark wearing the yellow star is not entirely true?

Inspiring, nonetheless.
12015 Holocene/Human Era
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, historical
Other reviewers have already said it all. The story of a birth of a nation amid great conflict and upheaval by a strong and determined people. Well written and quite emotive at times.
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From the book jacket: The Exodus was a ship that held 300 Jewish children, orphaned by World War II and the Nazi destruction. The ship was docked in Cyprus, and the British would not let more than its ‘quota’ leave for Palestine, which was under British rule. Ari Ben Canaan, a freedom fighter, will not allow the children to return to the horrific conditions of the displaced persons camp, where the British had been keeping them. This incident sets in motion a series of events that depict th
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read "Exodus" in high school. Israel was the "cool" country then: small, tough, self-reliant (with a lot of powerful friends) and just about everything they did was daring, neat and ground-breaking. I wanted to go join up. A year later I tried to but was headed for my own military. I started to teach myself Hebrew which quickly led by happenstance to learning Farsi and later Arabic. I learned Farsi quite well, Arabic enough to get by, but not Hebrew--yet.

"Exodus"--the book, and later the movi
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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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