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Battle Cry [Paperback]

Leon Uris
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Jan. 1 1982
Moving, shocking, tense, and glorious, here is a magnificent saga of men at war--Leon Uris's famous novel about life in the jaws of death, in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Here are the men from the cities, farms, and whistle-stops.  Here are the tough kids and the mama's boys, the liars and the lovers, the goldbricks and the heroes.  Here are the men who made up the most courageous fighting force on the face of he earth--in the best novel about them ever written.

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"Raw, tough, and unvarnished . . .  Don't miss it!"--Kirkus Reviews

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Moving, shocking, tense, and glorious, here is a magnificent saga of men at war--Leon Uris's famous novel about life in the jaws of death, in the U.S. Marine Corps. Here are the men from the cities, farms, and whistle-stops. Here are the tough kids and the mama's boys, the liars and the lovers, the goldbricks and the heroes. Here are the men who made up the most courageous fighting force on the face of he earth--in the best novel about them ever written.

"Raw, tough, and unvarnished . . . Don't miss it!"--Kirkus Reviews


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5.0 out of 5 stars raw and tough May 18 2004
Format:Paperback
This is Leon Uris's first novel. It's not perfect, but it is a great window back in time to WWII and also to the 1950's (when the book was written) view of America. The book goes from the first person to third very effectivly, which can be distracting under a lesser author. The book's weakest area is the stereo typing of the characters, the marine squad is made up of a firery hispanic, an all American farm boy, an indian called Chief who speaks like a B-movie indian, and a lumberjack who's tough but with a heart as big as the all out doors. But these weaknesses bring us back in time to the era. The book takes us in combat at Guadalcanel, liberty in New Zealand, than to Tarawa. The discription of the Betio island fight is historical fiction at it's best. The book follows our squad through the Tarawa atoll's lesser known islands and climax's at the Japanses last stand on the final island. If you've seen the movie than you will be very surprised at the ammout of combat in this book. The squad's final action is the blood bath at the Saipan beach. Leon Uris was a screen writer and the final page at the the train station, with the news barker yelling about the Iwo Jima fight is a perfect scene of a marine coming home. This book, with all it's faults, is the best novel of the Corps in WWII.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost made me join the Corps. Sept. 25 2000
Format:Paperback
This is a good, fun read. I bought out the World War II fiction section at the going-out-of business sale at the used bookstore down the street, and this was the last of my finds that I read. It was a step and a half above all of the other books.
Of course, the downside was that I was still reading it at 4:00 in the morning. I'm a little more open to suggestion at that time of night, and if the recruiting office was open at that hour, I might have joined.
I have read quite a bit of war fiction, and while this is not THE best book in the field (I still defer to Wouk's Caine Mutiny), it is one of the best. This is not an anti-war novel, nor does it place emphasis on the glory of war over the sacrifice, but rather approaches the tremendous slaughter and sacrifice with the kind of innocence appropriate to the young protagonists.
There is quite a bit of pro-Marine propaganda in the book, so just be careful what hours the recruiting office is open when you read this book. ;)
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4.0 out of 5 stars ...World War II from the eyes of a platoon July 12 2000
By Moi
Format:Paperback
Through the eyes of Mac, a Veteran Buck Sargeant, see the evolution of a platoon from recruits to killing machines. A "Full Metal Jacket in 1944", as direct but with a lot more depth.
As usual, Uris did a thorough research of his subject, to make us communicate with a various bunch of characters in real life soldiering. The inevitable writer also shows up in the group as in most of Uris' books.
It is a great book but I was expecting it magnificient. With the concept of the story coupled with the storytelling/no emotion journalistic style of Leon Uris, it should have been a masterpiece. It is just an excellent book.
What is usually the greatest strenght of Uris, which is to make the character so real that we travel through their footsteps and forget time and reality, does'nt appear with as much conviction than in the Haj or Mila 18.
Having said all that and being very difficult, it is a must read for any military history fan for it still goes beyond most of the genre in quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Book I have ever read Nov. 21 1999
By Capomas
Format:Paperback
It was the summer of 1991, I was bored and had already spent lots of money on magazines, you see there isn`t much to do when you are 20 miles from civilization and no TV. So I grabed a book, it just happened to be Battle Cry, and I got hooked. I couldn't stop reading, I would stay awake all night reading. Wouldn't go out, my god I did nothing but read for three days! Since then I have started reading continually, I can never not have a book. Leon Uris just tells the story so well I actually cared for all of the characters. I'm not going to tell you how it ends but I almost cried. Since then I have read this book 9 more times, and recommended it to all my friends. Thank you Leon Uris for the experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I've ever read June 27 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
War stories have always been a favorite genre of mine, though I also like authors like Cussler, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and any well written thriller, adventure.
I first read Batle Cry when I was 14. I've read it at least 5 times since then. After I read it the first time, I paused for a moment, wiped away a couple of tears, and started the book over without even getting out of my chair.
I've read several other Uris books. This is by far his best. The best combination of action, adventure, and tragedy in any book. If you like war sagas, this is the one that all others should be judged by.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good April 8 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
"Battle Cry" surprised me. I had not read a Leon Uris book before but had found this one at a second-hand bookstore and decided to give it a try. And I'm glad I did. What works best here is the vivid depiction of life in the Marines, whether it is the boot camp scenes at the beginning or the battle scenes at the end. The only disappointing facet of the book is the simplistic and somewhat corny depictions of most of the book's romances. Otherwise, I found this a highly satisfying read and an intriguing peak at a past era: military life during World War II.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Battle Cry
This novel is probably the closest a fiction novel can get to describing "life in the Corps". I recommend it to veterens of any service, Active duty personnel who need more... Read more
Published on April 23 2002 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent yarn about the boys in green!
This is a well done story. A little dated, but still a good story. It is told from several points of view. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2001 by Sonterro
5.0 out of 5 stars Today's writers could learn from this writer...
how to tell a story and not be cute about it. This 1953 novel was so refreshing compared to what I've been reading lately. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2000 by Michael L. Prairie
5.0 out of 5 stars We need a new copy
My husband likes to re-read his favorite novels, therefore our copy of this book is torn and tattered. Read more
Published on April 13 2000 by Rasa Hiob
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoo-YA, By far the best book Ive read in recent memory
I received this book as part of my uncles estate and just started reading it to pass the time beetween shifts at work, That lasted about a half chapter..... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2000 by Eric Vaughan
4.0 out of 5 stars The best Uris book I've read
I have only read three of Leon Uris' books, but this is by far the best of the three I've read. (The other two were Trinity and Exodus. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2000 by Schmerguls
2.0 out of 5 stars Good book - not as good as other Leon Uris's novels
This is probably the best book I've read about Marines, but compared to Leon Uris's other books it isn't really worth reading until you read all his other books, and I've read all... Read more
Published on Nov. 23 1999 by Alexander Dadiomov
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book although not as good as other Leon Uris novels
This is a great book about the Marine Corps and is worth reading, but I suggest reading other Leon Uris books first. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 1999
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