With his customary command of fact, and predilection for the times and places that try man's metal, Leon Uris here turns to the subject and story of postwar Berlin in the early stages of occupation. His story is in essence a commemoration of the patriotism of heroes who held the line in a thankless, demanding ordeal as they fought the first Cold War battles against the Communists for the West's foothold in Berlin. Uris starts his book as the war is ending; his Irish American hero Sean O'Sullivan is an officer under General Andrew Jackson Hansen and is preparing for the occupation of Germany, first in England, then on a pilot project in Rombaden. Then comes the real thing, the major task: Berlin. With his two brothers killed by the Germans, Sean battles a great hate which is almost eradicated by his love for Ernestine Falkenstein, the niece of the anti-Nazi German patriot who has returned from a concentration camp to lead his people under the four power occupation as Oberburgermeister of Berlin.
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I am a huge fan of Leon Uris and have read all of his novels and a few many times over. Could you recommend another author with similar style? BTW great reviews of all his novels!!! I have a few Gore Vidal books but they are relatively boring reads compared to Mr. Thanks, Jeff. I am a little surprised at the omission of Herman Wouk.
His lighter fare, such as Marjorie Morningstar and City Boy, offer great views of the social aspects of points in our history. Wouk offers great characters and historical details, stories that sweep you up.
They are more about the coming of age of their characters as they move through important points in our history than a commentary on events, but if you like Leon Uris you will enjoy Herman Wouk. Leon Uris is damn hard to beat and I have not really found another writer of historical fiction like him.
My suggestions would be to give Edward Rutherford and James Clavell a try. Clavell wrote King Rat which is very good, and especially Shogun. Shogun is over pages long and is a mighty epic of feudual Japan. I highly rcommend it. They are of a distictive style and still readable. London is quite reasonable aas it traces the history of London through several families from Roman times to the Blitz. That is alot of history so I hope that it will satisfy you!!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I had hoped to update for often but I haven't had the time. So come back againsome time!! TOPAZ is another one - about cuban blockade. Tuesday, April 5, Armageddon - Leon Uris. The books are not carry ons from one another and are completely separate novels.
Exodus was published in , Mila 18 in , and Armageddon in They are still as accurate today as they were then.
Armageddon is the somewhat forgotten novel of Uris' early writing career. Coming on the heels of both Exodus and Mila 18, Armageddon found itself in the unenviable position of having big boots to fill. Much like a film maker who makes a masterpiece, the public expects each subsequent film to be the same. Fortunately, Armageddon filled those big boots and is as good as both its better known predecessors. The Soviets finally realise that being sneaky isn't going to get them Berlin.
So they blockade the only access road open to the western powers into Berlin. This is what set off the Berlin Airlift.
Uris novelises it by introducing pilots and others who were involved in airlifting supplies to the Chinese during the war over the so called 'hump', the Himalayas. He accurately describes their war time experiences and how they applied them to a Berlin in the midst of a deep winter.
They had to supply a population of two million people and what they accomplished was nothing short of a logistical miracle. There are a wealth of good and quite approachable books written on the airlift but Armageddon is a very good place to start in getting some background within an easily read, novelised form. The novel ends before the actual airlift but by that stage the Allies had perfected their system so much that the population was obviously not going to starve. It is illustrative that the Allies were not overly concerned about German lives after all, the war had just finished and the German crimes still fresh in the victors mind , as it was a 'flick the birdie' to the Soviets and their bullying.
Armageddon is so much like Exodus in its scale and sweep. Armageddon, Exodus, and Mila 18 are still relevant novels and have not dated in the slightest. History is recorded and dated and can't be changed after all. Leon Uris is the best at the historical novel genre.
He has never been topped and probably never will be. He is one of my most favorite novelists. I highly, highly recommend him and his fine works to all. Unknown April 11, at PM.
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Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin
This was my first Uris historical novel. I first told my husband that reading it was a bit of a slog due to uneven pacing and poorly-executed blending of research and narrative. Then I proceeded to talk the hubby's ear off about what the book taught me about the bizarre politics of postwar Berlin and the Airlift that kept the city from slipping into t. Then I proceeded to talk the hubby's ear off about what the book taught me about the bizarre politics of postwar Berlin and the Airlift that kept the city from slipping into total oblivion. So I clearly got something from reading it.
Armageddon : A Novel of Berlin
The novel starts in London during World War II , and goes through to the Four Power occupation of Berlin and the Soviet blockade by land of the city's western boroughs. The description of the Berlin Airlift is quite vivid as is the inter-action between people of the five nations involved as the three major Western Allies rub along with the Soviet occupiers of East Berlin and East Germany. The book finishes with the end of the airlift but sets the scene for the following 40 years of Cold War. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Armageddon First edition.