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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Battle Cry April 24 2002
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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 motivation, and to anyone who loves military history. The story carries you from the time Daniel talks to a recruiter until after the Island hopping campaigns of the Marines are through. READ THIS BOOK!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent yarn about the boys in green! Oct. 3 2001
Format:Paperback
This is a well done story. A little dated, but still a good story. It is told from several points of view. Primarily from the squad sargeant who is a Marine from the pre-war years.
I read it when I was younger and really enjoyed. I picked it up this time out of curiosity. I'm glad I did.
It's also a good history lesson about the morals and ideals of this period in time.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Today's writers could learn from this writer... Sept. 2 2000
Format:Paperback
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. You won't find any quirky dialogue here with a non-existent plot and a writer obsessed with convincing the reader just how inventive he or she is.
This novel is what telling a story is all about. You'll be dissapointed if you are looking for the inside joke, with a smirk on the face type writing that so many publishers yearn for.
Excuse me while I'll order a few more books from Leon.
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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 We need a new copy April 13 2000
Format:Paperback
My husband likes to re-read his favorite novels, therefore our copy of this book is torn and tattered. I was hoping to order him a new hard-cover edition for his birthday-- but even the soft-covers are out of stock! This was my very first Uris novel (I read it shortly after we were married 13 years ago) and I was totally riveted. I am a housewife and have no miltary history, and still I was truly moved by this story. It haunts me still.
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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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