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At the end of World War II, American army officer Captain Sean O’Sullivan is commissioned with rebuilding Berlin. Reeling from the death of his brothers at German hands and faced with the direct horrors of the Holocaust, O’Sullivan struggles against his animosity towards the nation he is helping restore. Meanwhile, Soviet forces blockade Germany in a bid for power, and the Western Allies must unite to prevent a communist takeover. When the airlift begins, the Allies find their deepest convictions tested as they fight against a threat even more dangerous than Hitler.

Meticulously researched, this New York Times bestselling novel gives a historically accurate account of the early days of the Cold War and the fight for German redemption.

“Magnificent. The great drama of the Berlin airlift...” -The Columbus Dispatch

“A vast panorama of people and places...dramatic moment after dramatic moment in a throbbing tempo.” -New York Herald Tribune

©1963 Leon M. Uris (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Uris documented Berlin bringing it alive

The story is long. The capture ratio is about a 9. You have to take care to list the characters because, like other Uris works, there are lots. Many are intertwined and that makes the story even greater. Too bad that Uris didn't live to write a follow up after the wall was built and came down. Europe post 1945 was a shambles and the Marshall Plan bailed out free society. Without that who knows how wide communism would have spread.

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Legendary author

Can a completely hackneyed narrator ruin a potentially OR probable good book? The answer lies within. Was it intended to sound like a News reel from the 1940s. UNlistenable. Have to parachute out after a few chapters.

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Excellant!

Read this book in the 1969's and loved it but this time around enjoyed it even more.
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Excellent!

Read this in high-school. Now 40 years later was just as reviting and relevant. Excellent narration by Graham Rowat.

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Perhaps better read than listened to

I've read the book about twenty-five years ago and really liked it, so I was looking forward to revisiting it as an audiobook. However, I'd have to say the narrator (Graham Rowat) is not the best - it is very difficult to understand who is speaking with the way he voices different characters. And when he narrates the story, he sounds quite pompous (I challenge listeners to listen through one of the very long lists of nazis early in the story, I had to fast forward through it myself). He is not the worst narrator I've heard, so I'd recommend listening to the sample to see if you'd like to listen to the story for 25 hours.

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Loved This Magnificent Book

Leon Uris has to be one of the best novelists that has ever lived. This novel like many of his others is a testament to his ability, is amazing insight into Human Nature, his understanding of History, and his love of the humankind. I really enjoyed this book and recommended highly to anyone who loves historical fiction.

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Needs to be read by all.

The subject is important, the history is true. Everyone should read this book very timely.

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Cringe worthy

Though I’m fascinated with this period in history, I stopped listening about a quarter of the way through. The narrator was as bad as advertised (see other reviews) and the story had all the subtlety and nuance of a wartime propaganda piece. I was looking forward to a big old-fashioned war novel — I loved Herman Wouk’s Winds of War and War and Remembrance — and don’t mind if certain aspects of a story seem dated in portrayals of women etc, but this clunker was over the top.

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A book for all Americans

This book takes a broader look at European history after World War II. Many of us know very little about this and how events described in this book affect so dramatically the world we live in today.

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Not what I expected

In his usual quest to record historical moments Leon Uris would characterize fictional personalities & carry the reader along with their individual thrilling tales. This tale didn't thrill much and thus the significance of the moment was lost somewhat.