Garden City: Doubleday and Co., 1958. First edition. A Near Fine copy in like dust jacket. Briefly inscribed by the author on the half-title, "For Dick, best - Shalom Leon Uris." A surprisingly scarce first in attractive condition.
Leon Uris’ sensational 1958 novel follows the founding of Israel through the eyes of Ari Ben Canaan, who plays an important part in fighting for the state’s independence. The book was inspired by the story of an actual ship, The Exodus, which carried immigrants to Israel in 1947, most of which were Holocaust survivors. “Exodus” would be the largest bestseller in the US since “Gone With the Wind.” The novel was adapted in a 1960 film by Otto Preminger, starring Paul Newman, Eve Marie Saint and Ralph Richardson – it would go on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Score. “Page after page is passionate summary of the inhuman treatment of the Jewish people in Europe, of the exodus in the nineteenth and twenties centuries to Palestine and of the triumphant founding of the new Israel. “ (Contemporary New York Times review) Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #2659)