Leon Uris


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Baltimore-born author of very popular novels that include Battle Cry (1953), about the U.S. Marines in World War II, with whom he served as a private (1942–46); The Angry Hills (1955), treating the Palestine Brigade's service in Greece; Exodus (1958), the tale of the creation of Israel; Mila 18 (1961), about the revolt of the Warsaw ghetto against the Nazis; Armageddon (1964), set in Berlin after World War II; Topaz (1967), a romantic story of Soviet espionage in France; QBVII, about the trial of an American novelist in Queen's Bench 7 for libeling a Polish surgeon by contending he performed experimental sterilizations of Jews in a concentration camp; Trinity (1976), concerning conflicts in Northern Ireland from 1840 to 1916 among Catholics, Protestants, and British gentry; and The Haj (1984), treating modern Palestinians in relation to other Arabs and Israel. Ireland: A Terrible Beauty (1975) is a portrait of contemporary Ireland in text and photos created with his wife Jill.

Subjects: Literature.

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