Exodus [NOOK Book]

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The epic saga of Israel’s earliest days and the people who fought to make it their home
 
The Exodus was just one ship among many that carried survivors of the Holocaust to Palestine to establish a new nation. But the path that Jewish immigrants took to enter British-controlled Palestine was a difficult one, fraught with danger and political intrigue. The boat was ...
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Overview



The epic saga of Israel’s earliest days and the people who fought to make it their home
 
The Exodus was just one ship among many that carried survivors of the Holocaust to Palestine to establish a new nation. But the path that Jewish immigrants took to enter British-controlled Palestine was a difficult one, fraught with danger and political intrigue. The boat was intercepted by British forces and the refugees were placed in concentration camps.
 
Uris’s blockbuster novel traces the lives of the men and women who brave British naval blockades to help Israel come into being, from Ari Ben Canaan, who works tirelessly to smuggle in settlers, to Kitty Fremont, an American nurse drawn into a vast, tragic history. Weaving together fact and fiction, history and dramatic storylines, Exodus stands today as one of the most influential narratives of the founding of the State of Israel.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Leon Uris including rare photos from the author’s estate.
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"Passionate summary of the inhuman treatment of the Jewish people in Europe, of the exodus in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to Palestine, and of the triumphant founding of the new Israel." — The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453225738
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 26,924
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author


Leon Uris (1924–2003) was an author of fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays whose works include numerous best-selling novels. His epic Exodus (1958) has been translated into over fifty languages. Uris’s work is notable for its focus on dramatic moments in contemporary history, including World War II and its aftermath, the birth of modern Israel, and the Cold War. Through the massive success of his novels and his skill as a storyteller, Uris has had enormous influence on popular understanding of twentieth-century history.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2002

    A great read which changed my life

    I read Exodus for the first time over thirty five years ago when I was a student at Harpur College in Binghampton,New York.The book had a profound effect on me, changed my life, and is one of the reasons why I live in Israel today. The book tells the story of the birth of modern Israel against the background of Arab resistance to this .It tells the story of the 1948 Israeli War of Independance.But it also does this against the background of the Holocaust, and of Jewish suffering in history in general. It is possible to say as most critics do that the work is not great literature, but it is not necessarily the great books that change the world. It is ' Uncle Tom's Cabin' and not ' Moby Dick ' which plays a decisive role in changing American history.So Exodus is one of those works which inspired thousands of Jews in the former Soviet Union to re- awaken to their Jewish identity. The book is a story of Jewish heroism, and one which gives the sense of the whole historical enterprise of the Jewish people as a noble and great one.For writing this book Uris deserves to be remembered warmly in the heart of those who love and care for Israel.This hopefully is a good share of mankind, including those who can enjoy this work as a moving, dramatic story .A great read.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    Great story about the origins of Israel

    Excellent read, very good history. Uris is always an exciting story-teller. I liked the book better than the Paul Newman movie.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    One of the greatest books of all time

    This book was amazing. It conveyed some very important messages, while still possessing a lot of historical information and emotion. The characters are well developed and the book is written with such emotion and detail that it was hard for me to put it down. The ending was perfect, exactly what anyone could hope for after reading the book up to that point, and it was anything I could have hoped for. After finishing the book, I couldn't stop thinking about it, and it has had a great impact on the way I view the world, especially the current conflict in Israel. I am only twelve years old and loved this book, and this is why I would recommend it to everyone. It is a classic and should be read by everyone!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2002

    Then and Now

    I am another who first read this book many years ago. I first read it as a Junior in High School in 1959. I was appalled at the tales of such cruelty by people of another race just because they were different. As an adult now to re-read it, it is still appalling and yet helpful to understand so much better why we are in the political situation we are today as a nation. to quote from the book, 'oil rules the world.' 'We know the truth but it is another thing to live by the truth.' May this book help others to learn to live by the truth of each man treating others as a person as God intended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    basically true

    even though it was fiction, it was historical fiction it told the story of the garbage the jews had to go through to just to get heard: corrupt Brtish government officials, Arabs with full of hatred, purges in europe, and the list can go on

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2002

    A Great Blend of history and Story

    This is a moving novel that blends the history of Israel with the story of one family's struggle to support it. It provides an excellent visual of what life and mentality was like in Israel before and soon after its independence.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2002

    Amazing

    I just finished this book less than an hour ago, and it was absolutely amazing. It has been a long time since a book has made me experience such a variety of strong emotions. I chose this book from a list of options for a school assignment and was dreading its 599 pages of small print, but now I wish I had started reading it earlier in the semester so I could have time to really enjoy the story rather than rushing through it. I definitely recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2001

    This is a great book!!

    I read this book for an application project on the Five Themes of Geography for my Honors Geography class, and I absolutely loved it. It was very helpful in giving information about the awful things that went on during the Holocaust and information even about the old and New Testament. I love how the author (Leon Uris) skips from one time period to another. When the author talked about the hardships through the Holocaust, he gave explicit details almost feeling like you were there. It was very horrifying to know that events in this book actually happened to a lot of people. After a couple of chapters I was hooked into the book and couldn't put it down. I really admired how Kitty Fremont's strength and courage kept her alive throughout the whole book. I would recommend this book to young adults.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2011

    This is a great book!

    I read the book Exodus by Leon Uris. It was a book mainly about the times after World War II and what all the refugees from war torn countries and concentration camps did with their lives afterwords. This book follows two main characters throughout; an Israeli freedom fighter named Ari Ben Canaan and an American, Christian nurse named Kitty Fremont. It shows Kitty's struggle for acceptance from herself and the other Jewish people, while it tells about Ari's struggle for the equality of the Jewish people and his learning that showing emotion isn't weakness. The major messages and themes in this book are; follow what you believe is right, and even if someone is different, it doesn't necessarily mean they are bad. One of the major messages is that you should always follow your heart because the characters are always doing what they think is right and not necessarily what is the popular opinion. When Kitty went to Israel to follow Ari and Karen instead of going somewhere else to nurse, people thought she was a little naïve and looking for danger. At the time this book was based on, Israel was a very dangerous spot and most Americans thought she was crazy. Another message that was portrayed in this book is that being different isn't bad and that theme is largely shown through the hate the Arabs had for the Jewish people. The Arabs hate the Jewish people because they have be told for many years that they are stealing their land and being all around bad people, most of the Arabs in the book have never even given any of the Jews a chance, they just automatically think they are frightened of everything and will confirm any stereotype they've heard. Throughout this book the Jews prove all of those stereotypes wrong and prove themselves worthy of having their own state and recognition. What I liked about this book is that there were many deep messages and at some parts it could be very interesting and exciting. It was an overall moving and powerful book to read. It let you get into the heads of everyone in that time period and each of their different views. The thing I most disliked about this book is that it was hard to get into because it takes a bit to start getting exciting and it is a little bit boring in some parts. I think people who like books about struggles, wars, and the parts of history that haven't been as well remembered will really enjoy this book. I really liked this book and as long the reader has a little patience to power through the boring parts it is well worth the read. If you liked Exodus, I would recommend Mila 18 by Leon Uris. It is another book with a strong plot and based on the times around World War II. Exodus was a really enjoyable book that I'm happy I had the pleasure of reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2007

    A great, moving story that explains the conflict with Israel and the rest of the world.

    A great book. This is one of those books that makes you cry, from Dov's story to the destruction of Arab towns. You will want to read it again and again, because it has such a fantastic plot. Ari ben Cannan is amazing, as well as Dov and Karen and perhaps even Kitty. I almost cried when I finished this book, simply because I did not want to finish it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2005

    A gripping story

    I read this book when I was fourteen, yet the story is still vivid in my mind. Exodus is beyond a literary work. It is more than that. Historical sociological, philosophical in range, it challenges the reader to confront stereotypes, to see reality with another man's eyes and to judge fairly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2003

    Brilliant! Masterpiece Fiction!

    EXodus was one of the best books I have ever read. It tells of the plight of the Jewish people, and calms any prejudice you might hold. It brings you to love and care for the problems of Israel, wishing you could help. When a character dies, you feel it, when there is a wedding, you cheer. Leon Uris is a brilliant author, and this is his best work of all time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2002

    What a book!

    This book was the most intresting book that ive read. I'm only 16 but this book was just amaizing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2002

    Exodus was, is, and will always be a Classic.

    It is not highbrow. It is not brimming full of literary allusions to everything under the sun. No, it was well and simply written by a man whose drive was never money or the favor of critics, and it tells a powerful story. Almost half a century ago, it told that story so powerfully that it influenced many people to rethink their views of Israel and of Jews. It influenced my father, a gentile, in high school. It influenced me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2001

    THIS IS AN AWESOME BOOK

    We were in the bookstore, my mother and i, and she said, hey court! you need to read this book! i thought, well, why not? it's on our readign list for english. Once i started reading it, i could not stop. i slacked on doing my homework and read throughout the night. It was so good that i read instead of going out w/ m y friends. I cried in some parts and others inspired me to look up things like the warsaw ghetto and the aliyah bet. Uris definitely writes beautifully and make the reader feel a part of his story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2001

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!

    This is the best book ever! If you ever get a chance to read it, please do! I have never enjoyed books related to history, but this is definitely an exception. Ari Ben Canaan and Kitty Fremont are wonderfully put together. I couldn't put it down until the last sen

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

    Jewish or not you must read this book

    This book does an amazing job of portraying the horors of the Holocaust, the chaos that follows, and the begining of Zionism. Right now we are experiencing so many problems in the middle east. I think that after you have read this book you will look at Israel in a different way. Jewish or nonJewish reading this book is a must.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2000

    This book changed my Life

    I had been told to read Exodus for a long time, but didn't pick it up until last week. I happened to be Yom Kippur, and problems were raging in the middle east. When I finished the book I wept so hard I had to go to my dorms bathroom to wash my face and people thought something bad had happened. It will impact you and remain with you probably forever

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2000

    A protrayal of history like you've never known

    in this amazing book you don't just learn history..you feel like you are there taking part in it. Uris tells a heart warming story of the state of Israel and the people who were there through the thick and thin. I felt like I knew these characters who tooka dramatic role in this overwhelmingly acurate historical wonder. It presents both sides of the story, and makes it interesting and important for sabras and people from all walks of life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2000

    one of the best

    I read this book for school, and I thought it was going to be another one of those boring, pointless books the school makes you read. I was wrong and loved the book, it was well written. I think it is one of the best books I have read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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