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    Unhappy Another Marine Reporting to the pearly gates, Leon Uris USMC

    Leon Uris Dies in New York
    Tue Jun 24, 4:10 PM ET

    By Grant McCool
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top-selling American novelist Leon Uris, best known for "Exodus" about the creation of Israel and "Trinity" on the conflict in Ireland, has died in New York of congestive heart failure. He was 78.

    His ex-wife, Jill Uris, said by telephone from Aspen, Colorado, that the novelist had died on Saturday at his home on New York's Shelter Island -- the small island off Long Island where he lived since 1989.

    HarperCollins, set to publish Uris' last book in October, said in a statement he died of congestive heart failure. Jill Uris said the new book, "O'Hara's Choice," was a historical fiction about the U.S. Marine Corps.

    "He completed it in the spring," she said.

    Uris' novels reflected his experiences as a Marine in World War II and as a war correspondent. His first novel, "Battle Cry," was published in 1953 when he was 29 years old and it was turned into a film.

    Apart from "Exodus" in 1958 and "Trinity" in 1976, Uris was also known for his screenplay, "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," a 1957 movie directed by John Sturges (news) with Hollywood stars Burt Lancaster (news) and Kirk Douglas (news).

    In 1956, six years after becoming a full-time writer, Uris reported on the Middle East conflict. His novels have sold more than 150 million copies in 29 countries and many topped bestseller lists, HarperCollins said.


    Born in Baltimore in 1924, Uris attended schools in Maryland and Virginia, but never graduated from high school. At 17, he joined the Marines and served in the South Pacific. After World War II, he married the first of his three wives and worked briefly as a driver for a newspaper.

    His 1988 work "Mitla Pass" was a largely autobiographical account of the Sinai campaign of 1956.

    The book's editor Herman Gollob, a former editor-in-chief at publisher Doubleday, described Uris as a "committed Jew" and a larger-than-life character.

    "He was a handful. He was one of those great sort of Hemingway-esque he-men authors," Gollob said. "He was a story-teller, he had a great ego but he was a warm, great friend and he could be a ferocious enemy as well, that's the way he saw life."

    "The books he wrote were great epics, sagas of people caught up in history. He was a man of incredible appetites, hard-drinking, hard-living, a man of passion and commitments," Gollob said.

    The 600-page "Exodus" was published in 1958, translated into 50 languages and became an international best-seller. It told the story of the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel through the experiences of several characters.

    Uris followed it up with "Exodus Revisited" in 1960.

    By the time "Trinity" was published in 1976, he had established his reputation for long, dramatic stories. The main characters in his book about Ireland were a Roman Catholic rebel and a Protestant girl trying to find their way in a country with deep religious and economic divisions.

    Uris married three times. He leaves five children from two of the marriages.

    May Leon Uris USMC Rest In Peace

    Semper Fidelis

    PS Loved his "Battle Cry" especially a scene where a Marine is giving someone the "finger".

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    Leon Uris was one of my favorite writers. His sequals to Exodus, which have not been mentioned in recent obit releases did much to explain the present situation in the Middle East. I can understand why they have been ignored.

    I remember reading and seeing "Battle Cry" but I never put the two together with the author of Exodus.

    I never "knew" that he was a Marine, but his stories showed the heart of a Marine. Now I can appreciate them even more, since I KNOW where the "fiction" was coming from.

    To Leon Uris;

    Semper Fi, Marine.

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    To Leon Uris … Hand Salute!

    Faithfully followed his writings for 40+ years! You might be interested to know he knocked out his last novel before reporting to Chesty Puller’s Heavenly Guard Detachment! The book is titled O’HARA’S CHOICE and is due to be published in October of this year! I’m reading the Advanced Reader’s Edition and the book deals with the ‘holding together’ of the Marine Corps after the Civil War. Damn good story …

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    PCS to the Pearly Gates.

    Rest in Peace Marine!

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    R.I.P Mr. Uris, may the Lord receive you with open arms.

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    Who Are You And Why Is This Post Here??? This Forum Is To Show Respect To Those Whom Have Passed Away..

    Not you Bloop the IDIOT abve you

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