I have written these reviews in the order of which I read them, which coincidentally was the order in which Leon Uris wrote them. As stated in. Armageddon by Leon Uris not only great fiction, but also a wonderful historical fiction book, interweaving fictional characters with historical. Armageddon by Leon Uris – book cover, description, publication history.

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This was my first Uris historical novel. I first told my lon that reading it was a bit of a slog due to uneven pacing ugis 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.

Most notable was the book’s prolonged, strange, and ultimately troubling struggle with reconceiving the idea of “The German” and “The German Mind” in a post-Nazi world. The characters were the ones struggling, but I got the sense that Uris himself was exploring the question. Way to interrogate one’s cultural biases But maybe that’s the English major in me being all holier-and-more-politically-correct-than-thou.

Either way, it was a valuable reading experience.

Armageddon by Leon Uris

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Armageddon by Leon Uris. A Novel of Berlin by Leon Uris. In Berlin at the end of World Admageddon II, an American Army officer bears witness to the aftermath of one historic tragedy and the rise of another. Captain Sean O’Sullivan distinguishes himself as a courageous soldier in the closing days of World War II, but what comes next tests his deepest reserves of strength and conviction.

Sent to armsgeddon the rebuilding of Berlin, O’Sullivan is exposed to the horrific truths of the Holocaust, a shattered and defeated society, and the new threat of Soviet power as the Iron Curtain begins to shadow the city.

When Soviet forces blockade Berlin and the airlift begins, O’Sullivan is faced with profound moral dilemmas in an increasingly complicated world. Armageddon is one of the great fictional portrayals of Europe in the earliest days of the Cold War.

The great drama of the Berlin airlift. His epic Exodus 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 armagedcon popular understanding of twentieth-century history. HardcoverFirst Edition U. California Book Award for Fiction Silver To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Armageddonplease sign up. Helen Yes there is. See 1 question about Armageddon…. Lists with This Book. Nov 04, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: Armageddon, Leon Uris Armageddon, or Armageddon: The description of the Berlin Airlift is quite vivid as is the inter-action between people of the five nations involved as the three armagerdon Western Allies rub along with the Soviet occupiers of East Armageddon, Leon Uris Armageddon, or Armageddon: 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.

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The book finishes with the end of the airlift but sets the scene for the following 40 years of Cold War. A combination of pan-optical research and an almost perfect presentation of stereotypical characters makes this book a near masterpiece of “how to ruin an exceptionally researched work through horrible writing” genre.

I picked up “Armageddon” as it covered the “Berlin Airlift” event amongst other things. Initially, I uros delighted by the amount of information Uris started ladling out, and I settled-in for a scrumptious page long brain feeding orgy. There were some brief but nicely handled desc A combination of pan-optical research and an almost perfect presentation of stereotypical characters makes this book a near masterpiece of “how to ruin an exceptionally researched work through horrible writing” genre.

There were some brief but nicely handled descriptions of the events like the Soviet betrayal of the Polish Underground and the Siege of Leningrad. Meanwhile, my reading experience already started suffering from all the pitfalls that almost all the books written in that era suffered from.

Moreover, the characters started sounding like Yoda, but I still persisted, as I really really wanted to read about the Berlin Airlift. Then more than halfway through, I realized that Leno still didn’t remember the protagonist’s name.

There were actually two main guys. Or maybe there were three. Loen am still not sure because they all sounded like they were the same guy who was talking as if he was heavily sedated. Or maybe there really was only one protagonist.

Afmageddon can’t say for sure, because Uris covered his tracks really well. Berlin Airlift came and went, and Uris made sure that I didn’t know who did what. Only thing I’ll remember about “Armageddon” is that that Uris probably thought that a woman’s primary mentionable character trait was whether she was “big-busted” or not This was my first Leon Uris book, and View all 3 comments.

Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin

May 12, happy rated it it was amazing Shelves: I personally think this is his best novel. It caused me to to read up on the German occupation and the Berlin airlift. View all 6 comments. Nov 30, Sherry H rated it really liked it Shelves: At our family Thanksgiving celebration, my mother-in-law pressed this book into my hands and said, “Sherry, I know you like to read, so you have to read this.

It is the only book that truly describes what it was like in Germany after the war. When she says this is what it was really like, that carries s At our family Thanksgiving celebration, my mother-in-law pressed this book into my hands and said, “Sherry, I know you like to read, so you have to read this.

When she says this is what it was really like, that carries some weight. This one took me weeks. And I’m a little elon that I felt compelled to read this during the holiday season.

There’s uriz a lot of “jolly, happy, ho-ho-ho” in here. This is, however, the first book about the Allied occupation of Germany I’ve read, and I was very pleasantly surprised by both its altitude and its depth. Rarely does a single author, aarmageddon a single book, describe the view from 30, feet figuratively speaking, although he does describe Berlin from a pilot’s point of view, literally, also as armageddno as pinpoint the day-to-day experiences of such a wide variety of characters.

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Uris skillfully describes the cultural differences between armagedvon Germans, the Russians, the Americans, the Brits, etc. Much of that is painted with a aarmageddon brush, of course, but those descriptions did help me understand the cultural mind-set of the various groups.

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I won’t call this book great literature, but it is a fantastic history lesson. The omniscient narrator changed altitudes to stick with my metaphor frequently, and I sometimes didn’t know who was speaking a spoken line. Still, the story of the occupation and the airlift is fascinating. As historical fiction, however, I’m not really sure what’s true and what’s fictional.

Colonel Sean O’Sullivan real? I want these heroes to be real! I guess I’ll have to read a non-fiction book about the Berlin Airlift to figure out what’s what. This was leoon first Leon Uris novel, but I’d be willing to read him again. Lon lying in the armwgeddon for fifteen plus years, a cover-less copy with all-brown pages and stinking, I finally picked this up to read after getting newly interested in the Cold War.

This is the novel of the race to control Berlin during the Four Power Occupation, the democratic West vs. Being divided into four parts, the fir After lying in the house for fifteen plus years, a cover-less copy with all-brown pages and stinking, I finally udis this up to read after getting newly interested in the Cold War.

Being divided into four parts, the first two parts of the book, about pages are simply superb!

It comprises of a lot of historical facts, character’s back-flashes, enough emotions, focuses on the dynamics between the US marines, the non-Nazi Germans, and the Russians, each of the combinations being treated separately. This, I thought, is very well done.

Lots of research might have gone into it. Also included, is focus on the treatment of the German women by the Russian army, and also in the background at times, as to how the communist Russians at that time had been not much different than the Nazis.

Berlin is also introduced in this part of the book nearly at page The devastated city is very well described Also, well written is how the survivors were managing with their lives in such times. This was the part, upon reading, that I thought I was reading an amazing book. However, the later 2 parts the next pageswere the pages in which I felt the story dragged a bit, some characters the probable protagonists disappeared for a few pages, some new ones came up.

I started missing out on historical facts, unlike as was in the first two parts. There was some good stuff here, but nothing as great as the first half of the book. The Airlift itself becomes a part of the story after about pages. The book slowly for me, went from a 5- to a 3-star, while somewhere before the ending at around 80 pages pendingit came back towards a 4.

The book is big enough. Character building was nice.