I approached Exodus with the utmost scepticism, knowing full well the predisposal of the author to vaunt political beliefs and wax lyrical at the expense of facts. there is no doubt that Uris gets carried away with Zionist propaganda and intense identification and connection with the Jewish people. Yet people have deemed this book nothing BUT propaganda and that is not only untrue, it has missed the point. Exodus is designed to give you a breath of idealism coupled with despair. it paints the extremes of its subject because the author wants an extreme reaction. The result: brave, haunted characters and soul-battering prose that leaves you weary as if you had run a marathon. How could one write about the death-defying struggle of the Jewish people and their desperation for a homeland without conveying something of the stubborn ideology that motivated them? You don't have to agree with Uris, but the tale is true as far as the emotions involved are concerned - and those who think he is simply racist should read his other books, where he tackles the same war from the other side, or 'Trinity' where he fights for the Irish as long and hard as he fights for the Jews in 'Exodus'. Not a book, an experience.