As the best-selling author of Exodus, Mila 18, QB VII, and Trinity, Leon Uris blazed a path to celebrity with books that readers could not put down. Uris's thirteen novels sold millions of copies, spent months on the best-seller lists, appeared in fifty languages, and have been adapted into equally popular movies and TV miniseries. Few other writers equaled Uris's fame inAs the best-selling author of Exodus, Mila 18, QB VII, and Trinity, Leon Uris blazed a path to celebrity with books that readers could not put down. Uris's thirteen novels sold millions of copies, spent months on the best-seller lists, appeared in fifty languages, and have been adapted into equally popular movies and TV miniseries. Few other writers equaled Uris's fame in the mid-twentieth century. His success fueled the rise of mass-market paperbacks, movie tie-ins, and celebrity author tours. Beloved by the public, Uris was, not surprisingly, dismissed by literary critics. Until now, his own life and work--as full of drama as his fiction--have never been the subject of a book.In Leon Uris: Life of a Best Seller, Ira Nadel traces Uris from his disruptive youth to his life-changing experiences as a marine in World War II. These experiences, coupled with Uris's embrace of his Judaism and desire to write, led to his unprecedented success and the lavish excesses of a career as a best-selling author. Nadel reveals that Uris lived the adventures he described, including his war experiences in the Pacific (Battle Cry), life-threatening travels in Israel (Exodus), visit to Communist Poland (Mila 18), libel trial in Britain (QB VII), and dangerous sojourn in fractious Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic (Trinity). Nadel also demonstrates that Uris's talent for writing action-packed, yet thoroughly researched, novels meshed perfectly with the public's desire to revisit and understand the tumultuous events of recent history. This made him far more popular (and wealthy) than more literary authors, while paving the way for writers such as Irving Wallace and Tom Clancy....
|Title||:||Leon Uris: Life of a Best Seller|
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Leon Uris: Life of a Best Seller Reviews
A not very compelling biography of a compelling storyteller. The author took what surely must have been a fascinating life and made it dull. Much of the book is a review of Uris' books, connecting them in a not-so-organized way with his life. The ending feels like the author was late for another engagement, reflecting a general sense throughout the he was reporting rather than telling a story.
Ugh, I'm so annoyed. I had read some initial negative reviews, but I just adore Leon Uris and this is the only (maybe?) biography of him out there, so I said to myself, It can't be that bad.It is. To be honest, this book is just boring. It's slow moving and lacks any compelling quality that distinguishes what makes a biography good. I think the author fashions himself as a literary critic because this book is 50% critiquing Uris' novels and writing style, 50% biography of Uris' life. I think this would be a passable format if they were done well, but, as I've echoed before, it's a very lackluster book. There are even scenes were the author really could have done a deeper dive and he just totally swung and missed on the opportunity and instead wrote one boring summary sentence. I ended up skipping entire chapters and using the index to read more about Uris' books I have loved. Even those sections were dull and not very informative as I would have hoped. Very disappointed.