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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 694 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (June 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006075186X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060751869
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Raw, tough, and unvarnished . . .  Don't miss it!"--Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Leon Uris (1924-2003) was an author of fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays whose works include numerous bestselling novels. His epic Exodus (1958) 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 on popular understanding of twentieth-century history.

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This is the second time I read this book.
George Davis
Leon Uris just tells the story so well I actually cared for all of the characters.
Capomas
I read this book in the 8th grade, 35 years ago.
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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful By JLind555 on November 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Battle Cry" was Leon Uris's first novel and it's by far his best. Set right after Pearl Harbor, it's the story of the Marines in the Second World War and of one squad of Marines in particular, led by (and narrated by) Mac, a crusty old sergeant who has seen generations of boys pass through his command.

The story moves quickly through basic training to combat, and comes to a shattering climax with an all-out battle against the Japanese forces in the Pacific. As much as the story Uris tells so compellingly, we are held by his characters: Danny Forrester, the all-American boy; Andy the Swede, hating women indiscriminately until he meets the woman of his dreams far from home; Levin from Brooklyn, who knew what he had to do, and did it magnificently; Shining Lighttower, the Navajo, who really didn't want to go back to the reservation after all, and Sam Huxley, their colonel, who wanted glory for himself and his boys at any price, even if the price included all their lives.

Technically, Uris isn't a very good writer, but he is one helluva storyteller, and one of his greatest strengths is in plain dialogue between his characters, which shows up to much better advantage here than it did in his later books. It's in the dialogue that his characters come vibrantly alive; we understand how a disparate bunch of 18 and 19 year olds, kids like anybody else, can throw their lives away in battle rather than face the possibility of a defeat which would be worse than death. Uris shows us through his characters the men who made the Marines what they are.

Judy Lind
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By T.M. Reader VINE VOICE on April 24, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An outstanding piece of WWII historical fiction. Unlike other great works of this genre' (Herman Wouk's "War and Remembrance" for instance), this tale is not told from the perspective of the colonels and generals, but rather as experienced by the U.S. Marine sergeants and privates.

The tale thoroughly and patiently follows a group of young men from the train stations where they left their hometowns, through boot camp and training, and onto the beaches of Guadalcanal and Tarawa atoll where they fell in combat. Uris did not all neglect the issue of back home wives and girlfriends, who are so very important to men isolated so far from home.

His first novel, Uris wrote this from his own experience. He was a WWII enlisted Marine combat veteran in the Pacific. First published in 1953, this book was written while memories were still fresh. In a way, it's a bit dated, with terminology and (superior) social values from an America of yesterday. On the other hand, Marine and Navy veterans will recognize the jargon and behaviors that are still in use today. Tradition.

A reviewer has criticized the slow opening pace. I disagree. The device was used to well acquaint the reader with and help him/her to grow to know and love the players, just as these Marines loved their "buddies".

I noted in the author's epilogue that he strongly and repeatedly disclaimed any connection of the fictional officers in his story (he even names them) to any real life personalities he had served under. Glaringly absent was a similar disclaimer regarding the enlisted men in his story. I infer from this that many of the colorful enlisted characters of the book might be representations of Pfc Uris' actual wartime colleagues. A memorial to them, if you will. Interesting.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on May 28, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
At first, I thought a book called "Battle Cry" might be fairly reminiscent of the comic strip, "Sgt. Rock and His Howling Commandos of Easy." In that, I was disappointed, which means I was very relieved.

This book is a surprisingly good war story of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine (Pogey Bait) Regiment. From the call to arms to their decimation on a Pacific Island invasion, you learn about the backgrounds of several of the marines in the Communications section of their battalion.

Uris demonstrates the knack for bringing characters to life where you feel their fears, hopes, dreams, and in this case, their intense esprit de corps.

I have a few qualifications for giving a five-star rating:

Do I still have the book?
Yes.
Would I ever pick it up, and read it again?
Yes.
Was I sorry that I came to the end of the book?
Yes.

I have only read two of Uris' books; I'm glad that this was one of them.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read Battle Cry in the early 60's when I was a young teenager and loved everything about it -- the characters, the description of Marine life, the battle scenes. You name it, I loved it about Battle Cry. For all of these years when people would ask me what novel about WWII I thought was among the best I've read, Battle Cry was right at the top of my list. So, after almost fifty years since reading Battle Cry, I decided to read it again. I'm mostly sorry I did. With the exception of the last 50-60 pages, which were very impactful and emotional, virtually all of the aspects that I initially thought were so terrific "back then," I now consider to be somewhat of a disappointment. The characters I once considered to be so memorable I now think of as being pretty thinly developed. The dialogue now seems quite weak and the battle/action scenes, which at times are very exciting, do not comprise enough of this war novel to maintain a high level of interest. As such, I found the book, at almost 700 pages, dragged on for long passages, causing me to to skim through much of the second half. I guess my decision to revisit Battle Cry after an almost fifty year absence was a mistake; helping me to realize that some things are better left as fond memories from a time long gone.
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