Life of a Best Seller
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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.
Prologue. "American Marine, Jewish Writer"
Chapter 1. "The Truth Will Rise"
Chapter 2. Eagle, Globe, and Anchor
Chapter 3. Battle Cry at Larkspur
Chapter 4. Hollywood
Chapter 5. Exodus, or "The Book"
Chapter 6. History and Resistance
Chapter 7. Love and Litigation
Chapter 8. "Short Titles, Long Books, Big Sales"
Chapter 9. Ireland
Chapter 10. Return
Chapter 11. Russian Renewal
Chapter 12. Redemption, or America Redux
The dramatic story of a novelist whose life constantly provided his best material, this biography of the best-selling author of Exodus, Mila 18, QB VII & Trinity maps the literary landscape of mid-twentieth-century America, the mainstreaming of Jewish writing, and the rise of the celebrity author.