The novel starts in London during World War II , and goes through to the Four Power occupation of Berlin and the Soviet blockade by land of the city's western boroughs. The description of the Berlin Airlift is quite vivid as is the inter-action between people of the five nations involved as the three major Western Allies rub along with the Soviet occupiers of East Berlin and East Germany. The book finishes with the end of the airlift but sets the scene for the following 40 years of Cold War. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Armageddon First edition.
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This was my first Uris historical novel. I first told my husband that reading it was a bit of a slog due to uneven pacing and poorly-executed blending of research and narrative.
Then I proceeded to talk the hubby's ear off about what the book taught me about the bizarre politics of postwar Berlin and the Airlift that kept the city from slipping into t. Then I proceeded to talk the hubby's ear off about what the book taught me about the bizarre politics of postwar Berlin and the Airlift that kept the city from slipping into total oblivion.
So I clearly got something from reading it. Most notable was the book's prolonged, strange, and ultimately troubling struggle with reconceiving the idea of "The German" and "The German Mind" in a post-Nazi world.
The characters were the ones struggling, but I got the sense that Uris himself was exploring the question. OK, but really? THE German Mind? Way to interrogate one's cultural biases But maybe that's the English major in me being all holier-and-more-politically-correct-than-thou. Either way, it was a valuable reading experience.
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In Berlin at the end of World War II, an American Army officer bears witness to the aftermath of one historic tragedy and the rise of another. Captain Sean O'Sullivan distinguishes himself as a courageous soldier in the closing days of World War II, but what comes next tests his deepest reserves of strength and conviction. Sent to oversee the rebuilding of Berlin, O'Sullivan is exposed to the horrific truths of the Holocaust, a shattered and defeated society, and the new threat of Soviet power as the Iron Curtain begins to shadow the city.
When Soviet forces blockade Berlin and the airlift begins, O'Sullivan is faced with profound moral dilemmas in an increasingly complicated world. Armageddon is one of the great fictional portrayals of Europe in the earliest days of the Cold War.
The great drama of the Berlin airlift. His epic Exodus 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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Sort order. Start your review of Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin. Nov 04, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: historical , 20th-century , literature , fiction , war. The description of the Berlin Airlift is quite vivid as is the inter-action between people of the five nations involved as the three major Western Allies rub along with the Soviet occupiers of East Berlin and East Germany. The book finishes with the end of the airlift but sets the scene for the following 40 years of Cold War.
Pages: Jul 22, Gary rated it really liked it. The most wonderful thing about Leon Uris' books are his testament to the eternal indomitable strength of the human spirit This book shows the horrors of the 20 th centuries twin ideologies of evil-Communism and Nazism-and also shows that there are good and bad people in every nation You also eagerly follow the character development -The American army officer Sean O Sullivan who in the end-for all of his millitary courage- shows himself to be weak moral character.
The Bruckner family made up of a The most wonderful thing about Leon Uris' books are his testament to the eternal indomitable strength of the human spirit This book shows the horrors of the 20 th centuries twin ideologies of evil-Communism and Nazism-and also shows that there are good and bad people in every nation You also eagerly follow the character development -The American army officer Sean O Sullivan who in the end-for all of his millitary courage- shows himself to be weak moral character.
The Bruckner family made up of a sadistic father ,cruel opportunistic brother ,weak mother and two remarkable and beautiful sisters Ernestine Bruckner is the heroine of the novel who we fall in love with something wich is common to most Uris novels but it is her seemingly weaker sister Hilde who emerges as the stronger of the two.
SPOILER ALERT I thought that the suicide of Ernestine at the end was unneccesary ,she seemed to have lived through too much and seemed to be too strong a woman to kill herself over a failed love affair-this was the drawback in an otherwise excellent novel. The other hero of the story is Ulrich Falkenstein who spent years incarcerated by the Nazis becasue of his total opposition to the evil Third Reich and now shows once again -as Mayor of West Berlin-that he will not bend before another tyrannical empire-the Soviet Union A combination of pan-optical research and an almost perfect presentation of stereotypical characters makes this book a near masterpiece of "how to ruin an exceptionally researched work through horrible writing" genre.
I picked up "Armageddon" as it covered the "Berlin Airlift" event amongst other things. Initially, I was delighted by the amount of information Uris started ladling out, and I settled-in for a scrumptious page long brain feeding orgy. There were some brief but nicely handled desc A combination of pan-optical research and an almost perfect presentation of stereotypical characters makes this book a near masterpiece of "how to ruin an exceptionally researched work through horrible writing" genre.
There were some brief but nicely handled descriptions of the events like the Soviet betrayal of the Polish Underground and the Siege of Leningrad. Meanwhile, my reading experience already started suffering from all the pitfalls that almost all the books written in that era suffered from. Racism, male-chauvinism Moreover, the characters started sounding like Yoda, but I still persisted, as I really really wanted to read about the Berlin Airlift. Then more than halfway through, I realized that I still didn't remember the protagonist's name.
There were actually two main guys. Or maybe there were three. I am still not sure because they all sounded like they were the same guy who was talking as if he was heavily sedated. Or maybe there really was only one protagonist. I can't say for sure, because Uris covered his tracks really well. Berlin Airlift came and went, and Uris made sure that I didn't know who did what. Only thing I'll remember about "Armageddon" is that that Uris probably thought that a woman's primary mentionable character trait was whether she was "big-busted" or not This was my first Leon Uris book, and View all 5 comments.
May 12, happy rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction-military. I personally think this is his best novel.
It caused me to to read up on the German occupation and the Berlin airlift. View all 6 comments. Nov 30, Sherry H rated it really liked it Shelves: hist-fiction-wwii. At our family Thanksgiving celebration, my mother-in-law pressed this book into my hands and said, "Sherry, I know you like to read, so you have to read this. It is the only book that truly describes what it was like in Germany after the war.
When she says this is what it was really like, that carries s At our family Thanksgiving celebration, my mother-in-law pressed this book into my hands and said, "Sherry, I know you like to read, so you have to read this.
When she says this is what it was really like, that carries some weight. This one took me weeks. And I'm a little grumpy that I felt compelled to read this during the holiday season. There's not a lot of "jolly, happy, ho-ho-ho" in here. This is, however, the first book about the Allied occupation of Germany I've read, and I was very pleasantly surprised by both its altitude and its depth. Rarely does a single author, in a single book, describe the view from 30, feet figuratively speaking, although he does describe Berlin from a pilot's point of view, literally, also as well as pinpoint the day-to-day experiences of such a wide variety of characters.
Uris skillfully describes the cultural differences between the Germans, the Russians, the Americans, the Brits, etc.
Much of that is painted with a broad brush, of course, but those descriptions did help me understand the cultural mind-set of the various groups. I won't call this book great literature, but it is a fantastic history lesson.
With his customary command of fact, and predilection for the times and places that try man's metal, Leon Uris here turns to the subject and story of postwar Berlin in the early stages of occupation. His story is in essence a commemoration of the patriotism of heroes who held the line in a thankless, demanding ordeal as they fought the first Cold War battles against the Communists for the West's foothold in Berlin. Uris starts his book as the war is ending; his Irish American hero Sean O'Sullivan is an officer under General Andrew Jackson Hansen and is preparing for the occupation of Germany, first in England, then on a pilot project in Rombaden. Then comes the real thing, the major task: Berlin. With his two brothers killed by the Germans, Sean battles a great hate which is almost eradicated by his love for Ernestine Falkenstein, the niece of the anti-Nazi German patriot who has returned from a concentration camp to lead his people under the four power occupation as Oberburgermeister of Berlin.
Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin
Armageddon : A Novel of Berlin
I am a huge fan of Leon Uris and have read all of his novels and a few many times over. Could you recommend another author with similar style? BTW great reviews of all his novels!!! I have a few Gore Vidal books but they are relatively boring reads compared to Mr. Thanks, Jeff. I am a little surprised at the omission of Herman Wouk. His lighter fare, such as Marjorie Morningstar and City Boy, offer great views of the social aspects of points in our history.