Novelist Leon Uris was known for his historical fiction and the deep research that went into his novels. His two bestselling books were Exodus and Trinity. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Wolf William and Anna (Blumberg) Uris. His father, a Polish immigrant, was a paperhanger, then a storekeeper. His father spent a year in Palestine after World War I before entering the United States. He derived his surname from Yerushalmi, meaning "man of Jerusalem."