Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 10 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Warsaw. "Mila 18" was the address of the headquarters of Jewish resistance fighters in Nazi occupied Warsaw, Poland during World War II. Uris' brilliant novel tells the story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the brave and valiant men and women who stood up to the mighty German army.
Pilgrimage. Uris' 1984 masterpiece tells the history of Palestine from the 1920s through the 1950s through the eyes of a young Arab boy. The novel gets its name from the pilgrimage to Mecca which every Muslim who is able is obliged to make at least once in their lifetime.
Courtroom. This 1970 Uris work is played out in a London courtroom designated Queens Bench Number 7. A renowned and knighted former concentration camp physician sues a Hollywood screenwriter for defamation in a book that accuses him of Nazi collaboration and of performing medical experiments on Jewish prisoners. It became a 1974 made-for-television movie starring Ben Gazzara, Anthony Hopkins, Leslie Caron and Lee Remick.
Palestine. During the post-World War II struggle to establish a Jewish state, Uris' unforgettable protagonist Ari Ben Canaan plots to transport holocaust survivors from a British detention camp in Cyprus to Palestine. Published in 1958, "Exodus" became the largest bestseller since "Gone With the Wind" and a 1960 Otto Preminger film starring Paul Newman as Ari.
World War II. Leon Uris' first major novel, 1953's "Battle Cry" was semi-autobiographical, based the author's personal experiences as a member of the United States Marines 6th Regiment in the Pacific theater during World War II. In was made into a motion picture of the same name in 1955 starring Van Heflin and Aldo Ray.
Sinai. In Uris' novel of 1988, a bestselling author and Hollywood screenwriter goes to Israel with his family to research a novel. Unfortunately, it is 1956 and while the writer is becoming involved in a torrid love affair with a beautiful Israeli woman, the Sinai War breaks out. The writer ultimately requests permission to accompany a group of Israeli paratroopers on a dangerous secret mission to take a strategic pass.
Spy ring. Uris gives the reader a little of everything in this 1967 novel. With the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Soviet Union has infiltrated NATO Intelligence and is feeding false information in hopes of inducing France to withdraw from the western defense pact. Alfred Hitchcock directed a 1969 film based on the book.
Berlin. "Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin" is a 1963 book about post-World War II Germany, with an emphasis on the capital city of the Nazi Third Reich. Uris spins a colorful story that takes the reader from the beginning of the Cold War amidst the bomb-ravaged ruble of Berlin to the Allied airlift that saved the divided city.
Greece. More a thriller than an historical novel, this 1955 work of fiction is the story of American journalist Mike Morrison who was caught up in Greece during the 1941 Nazi blitzkrieg during World War II. As the Allied army retreats he becomes the object of an intense Gestapo manhunt while attempting to smuggle vital espionage papers out of the country. Actor Robert Mitchum portrayed Morrison in a 1959 film.
U.S. presidential election. This 1999 novel tracks the lives of two men on a collision course with the presidency of the United States at stake. Incumbent President Thornton Tomtree, a billionaire "Bill Gates-type" techno-genius, is challenged by the liberal Colorado Governor Quinn Patrick O'Connell, a former U.S. Marine hero who wants to repeal the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution in order to promote gun control.