Despite its many faults, Exodus still packs an emotional wallop. A few times, I felt myself responding, just as I had when I first read it as a 16-year-old.
Despite the author's bias, The Haj provides an insight about the Middle East. Indeed, Uris considered his book, published in 1984, to be a warning of what could happen.
The money exacerbating hatred and misunderstanding does not emanate from the "American taxpayer" per se, but rather from the American consumer both directly and symbolically.