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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Yoram Kaniuk Narrator: William Sutherland Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the most inventive, brilliant novelists in the Western world,” Yoram Kaniuk turns his hand to nonfiction to bring us his most important work yet. It is the story of Yossi Harel, a modern-day Moses who defied the blockade of the British Mandate to deliver more than 24,000 displaced Holocaust survivors to Palestine, while the rest of the world—including the United States—closed its doors. Kaniuk pays homage to the young Israeli who was motivated not by politics or personal glory, but by the pleading eyes of the orphaned children languishing on the shores of Europe. Commander of the Exodus is both an unforgettable tribute to the heroism of the dispossessed, and a rich evocation of the vision and daring of a man who took it upon himself to reverse the course of history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Masterfully describing both Harel’s biography and the suffering and determination of the refugees, Kaniuk portrays an ugly episode in history and provides much-needed historical depth to contemporary political debates.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kaniuk not only gives readers a penetrating picture of Harel but also offers valuable insights into the Jewish struggle to create a homeland.”

    Booklist

  • “Kaniuk fills in the many gaps in Harel’s early career… [and] paints a vivid picture.”

    Library Journal

  • “Yossi Harel’s remarkable achievements have now been engraved in history with the talent of Yoram Kaniuk.”

    Ehud Barak, former Israeli Prime Minister

  • “The scenes aboard the ship are gripping, heartrending…surely the work of a master of the language whose artistry even comes across in translation.”

    Leo Haber, Midstream

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patrick | 7/18/2010

    " Incredible, action-packed story about illegal immigration to Palestine after WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patrick | 3/24/2009

    " Incredible, action-packed story about illegal immigration to Palestine after WWII. "

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About the Author

Yoram Kaniuk was born in Tel Aviv in 1930 and took part in Israel’s War of Independence in 1948. A painter, journalist, and theater critic, he is best known as a novelist. His books have been translated to great acclaim into more than twenty languages and have earned him the Bialik Prize, the French Prix de Droits de l’Homme, and the Israeli President’s Prize.