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on October 11, 2017
One of the most riveting stories I've ever read. It had me gripped from the first page to the last. Leon Uris writes in such a way that it makes you feel like you're right there in the Warsaw ghetto with the characters. This one is by far my favorite Uris novel. I think it's the perfect blend of love, defiance, and the horrors of war. It's historical fiction that you won't soon forget.
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on October 14, 2016
The magnificent Author Uris has taken the reader into the midst of the bravest and most unevenly matched battle in the history of the world. No mention in past readings of the horrors of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising have gotten to the core of the heroism of these unfortunate multitudes final moments during this battle of good versus evil. For me this was a shocking revelation of mans indecency to all that is good in life.
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on August 4, 2015
I recommend the book. This book is a true account about the Warsaw ghetto and the people living there during WWII. The characters are fictitious movers of the storyline. For over one month the scrabbled Jewish army held the strongest army on earth at bay. The several diarists wrote the history of the ghetto and hid the diaries in several places. The brave people wanted the world to know they were treated by Nazi powers and how they fought to save a remnant of Jews.
Life does not get much better than reading Leon Uris. I reviewed this book on Goodreads.
Thank you, Mr. Uris, for a good read.
Leon Uris died in 2003.
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on February 11, 2016
I am half way in the middle of reading Mila 18 by Leon Uris, about the Warsaw ghetto.

As he is Jewish, of course he writes from the Jewish point of view, but he understands all his characters well, including the collaborators and the Nazis and the criminals.

Also, as in the best fiction, the characters change over time.

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As he had to establish how it was before the Nazi German invasion, he had to show it. This part is a bit like Woman in Gold, about the owners of the Klimpt painting. The sudden Nazi invasion is a bit like the scenes in Herman Wouk's novel The Winds of War, which was made into a TV miniseries, with a shoe- faced American general played by Robert Mitchum.

Uris writes extremely well, and the research is expertly woven into the scenes, not in one big boring undigestible clump somewhere.

The last page I read today was about things getting worse in the ghetto and the Germans executing 50 people in the Jewish cemetery as a gruesome test. They had already brought in thousands of Jews from all over Europe and gypsies and others.

This book is a good example of exciting writing, when we already know how it will all end.

There will be an uprising and the ghetto will be annihilated.

KMKaung
2-12-2016
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on September 25, 2016
I read this book in high school.,As an elderly person I had a totally different experience. It was a great book to read at any age. It is a story that needs to be told. It is as relevant today as when it was written. Never Forget.
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on April 20, 2015
I first read this in my 30s . . . My son, who is almost 30, just got it as a gift from me. Welcome to the facts of life in this world.
It's just gripping and riveting, tears at your heart and reveals all manner of the human condition from elevated and inspirational to gutter slime, detestable, and incomprehensibly cruel. Read it once and it will stay with you forever. One of those books you'll never forget.
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on August 10, 2016
I read Mila 18 a lifetime ago so this will a short review, but I hope helpful. To put it plainly, it was a great story that I could not put down. Set during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of WWII when the Germans decided to clean out the last remaining Jews it tells the story of a band of resistance fighters "holed up" against the Germans. I found it hugely emotional! Great story and if you are not very familiar with the story of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Jewish Resistance movement there this is a good read to begin to get knowledgable.
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on April 24, 2017
I like the material and story told but the author's writing skills are really rather poor. Towards the end of the book, it was getting in the way of the story and I was like..."Hurry up and finish". A classic yes but I just had an issue with his style.
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on April 8, 2017
Tale of a little known (outside Israel) story of the Warsaw Poland Jewish ghetto. Sad that people can do such to each other as the Germans did to the Jews and the rest of the world. Well written story by someone with great insight as to what went on there.
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on May 12, 2017
A solid piece of historical fiction. The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars was that it got a little slow at times.

This book is about a serious subject and revolves around the Warsaw ghetto in WWII. Keep this in mind if you are easily upset by injustice or violence. This content was appropriate given the context, but some may find it too graphic.
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