A small steamer which survived U-boat attacks in the war was purchased as part of an ambitious and daring mission: to serve as the lifeboat for over four thousand survivors of Nazi rule and transport them to Palestine. Renamed Exodus 1947, the ship and its devil-may-care young crew of American sailors left France en route to the future state of Israel. In a tragic turn of events, the Holocaust survivors aboard Exodus endured even more hardships when the British Royal Navy boarded the ship in international waters, used physical force in battling both passengers and crew (killing three crew members) and deported its human cargo back to Europe. Thomas recounts this tale with authority, recreating the increasingly dire situation for Jews in Europe before and during World War II, dramatically chronicling the initiative of creating a modern-day Israeli state, and revealing the secret, step-by-step plans to purchase the Exodus ship and launch it on its ill-fated mission. Told through the testimony of survivors who have never before been interviewed, and supported by extensive research and hitherto unpublished documentation, Operation Exodus is the deeply moving saga of a people who risked all in search for a home.