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These two classic works capture the tide of world events even as they unfold the compelling tale of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.The multimillion-copy bestsellers that capture all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of the Second World Warand that constitute Wouk's crowning achievementare available for the first time iThese two classic works capture the tide of world events even as they unfold the compelling tale of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.The multimillion-copy bestsellers that capture all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of the Second World War — and that constitute Wouk's crowning achievement — are available for the first time in trade paperback....

Title : The Winds of War & War & Remembrance
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ISBN : 9780316955027
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 478 Pages
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The Winds of War & War & Remembrance Reviews

  • Lynn
    2019-05-16 19:52

    I've read these books a couple of times and now I've listened to them with Herman Wouk is brilliant. Just as a historical review, these books are valuable, but they offer so very much more in terms of character, plot, and themes. Two of the best books ever written!

  • Pat Murphy
    2019-05-22 16:12

    FYI The Winds of War & War & Remembrance was two actual bound books for me. The story went from one to the other seamlessly. This is fiction which is written in the confines of actual history. I found the books fascinating. It was one of those things where I was a little ticked at how the story ended because there were threads which were left un-ended, characters whom I wanted to know more about how they came out. I must say that I have become more of a non-fiction reader lately. I still read it, but I don't pay as much attention to it as I used to. I want to classify this as something other than fiction. I feel that I learned a lot of stuff about World War 2 that I never knew before. All that said, this is one of the best books I have ever read in my life. I would not try to get people to read it because it is such a long read. These two titles have over 1300 pages in them. Most people I know would not be interested simply because of the length. If someone asked me what I thought of the book, I would say that it is an excellent story and they would not be sorry if they read it. All through the book I ran into parts where I would say to myself "I will put this down after this page", and then be unable to for ten more. That hasn't happened to me in a while. The characters are believable, respectable, lovable, courageous, interesting and romantic. They are also despicable, unfaithful, cowardly, cruel, crude, and violent. These characters also change from bad to good. I can't recall a change from good to bad. The story has episodes where some of the protagonists rub shoulders with Hitler and Churchill. They go to, and exist in Auschwitz. They survive in the blitz on Warsaw. There are whole families in the story. Some don't survive, most do. I recommend it to anyone. It's a great drama with a lot of wonderful development. It leaves you thinking about mankind and it's unpredictability and predictability. Just a wonderful read.

  • Christine
    2019-06-02 16:07

    Once every decade I am rereading Herman Wouks 2.200 pages master piece on WW II. I love the TV mini series with Robert Mitchum, watched it in 1985 (and several more times ever since) and then read both books.US Naval Captain Victor Henry was actually hoping to soon command a battle ship when he gets sent to Berlin in Germany as a Naval Attache at the American embassy in Berlin...Read the reader's reviews, you will see that this epic is the best story written on WW II from it's beginning in 1939 until the end in August 1945.This first book covers 1939 until Pearl Harbor.

  • John
    2019-06-04 18:53

    These two books are not for everyone. It helps if you already know the history of World War II well. You will learn more than you want to know about the US Navy. And you might grow weary of some of the characters. However, if you read it, you will discover stories you have never read anywhere else, told with details reflecting diligent research, about individuals whom you know intimately, who gradually and reluctantly learn that they do not control their own fates. They are carried away by the mighty winds of war. And yet the war, for all of its horror, eventually becomes a smoke screen hiding something so much more evil, incomprehensible, and cruel--the holocaust. As Germany begins to lose the war, the extermination of the Jews becomes a higher Nazi priority than winning the war. The urgent need for the allies to invade Europe and end the war in order to save as many Jews as possible is lost on the allied leaders. Endemic anti-Semetism limits American efforts to help Jews leave Europe before and during the war. Wouk does not make these claims explicitly. He does not need to do so. He makes them by presenting overwhelming evidence to support them. Evidence made emotionally powerful because it is presented without comment in the context of individual lives of characters portrayed with love and dignity. I came away with the feeling that the holocaust was poorly recognized when it occurred and too quickly forgotten when it ended. It must not be forgotten. Wouk is a witness. His telling of this tragic tale is life-changing.

  • Chris Schumann
    2019-06-16 14:49

    I really enjoyed "The Winds of War". This was great historical fiction and a good study of the politics in Germany leading up to the war. "War and Remembrance", telling the story around the characters during WWII while still a great book seemed a little long and in my opinion spent more time focused on the Jewish issue during the war, given that this is a book focused on a military family. Both are good rewarding reads.

  • Pat
    2019-06-08 11:48

    This is the third or fourth time I've read these books, plus I've watched the mini-series multiple times. Well researched and well told pre-WWII through post-WWII following the Henry family through the trials and tribulations of the times. Pug Henry becomes a close observer/participant to history making situations. Son Byron marries a Jewish woman who, though American, is in Italy and gets swept up in the Nazi purge of the Jews. Compelling reading.

  • Gretchen Fourticq
    2019-06-12 12:53

    It's like watching a docudrama of 20th century history. Epic and interesting way to learn about political and military of history of WWII. Based on historical facts but illuminated in narrative format. Highly recommend as history repeats itself.

  • Hubertus W.
    2019-05-30 14:05

    Taken together, these two books are among the greatest novels written about WW II & the Holocaust. To scale these monumental works is to be granted an Everest-like view of history & humanity.

  • Chapler
    2019-06-05 14:04

    Fictionalized Historically Accurate in the vein of non-fiction, though as with Uris and Mitchner, the literary employment of using composite characters to move characters in a 'driven way' blurs the line' bringing historically accurate, dates, figures who were in attendance stretching only to chronicle thoughts, fears, secret motivations unshared decades later through their posthumous journals/writings released under caveats in the vein only 50 years after i am gone, only if peace accords btw X & Y are established, only if my heirs are amenable, if National Security is not conceivably jeopardized or .... Well, I finished a Novel, the 3rd by an Author who had written the American Southern Woman set against the course of days in amusing enough and amusingly pedestrian and plausible while with keen ear for authentically roiling and consistent humor which seemed Universally was enhanced by the subtle and teasing while never cruel to human condition comedic. The Author suceeded in book 2 set in a not dissimilar geographic. The 3rd book actually made me enraged not with the writer, but myself for not chucking it when by page 100 I knew it was garbage and not more than the published tomb resulted from a literary deal for me and public who fall into the ennui of not doing 30 seconds let alone 2 minutes to see if there is still merit or was borne from a significant financial reward solely based on the Booming Boxoffice after a Universally touted 1st Novel, adapted to an equally, near cult statua in several circles and peppered with passages of engrosing characters being sent to Villa with an eye to Private Budding carwees re-purposed for torrure suductively Hallowee

  • Vicki Andrada
    2019-05-24 12:16

    This book was great! It is fictionalized characters, but it is set in the true history of the time. Herman Wouk did his research.In the first book winds of war I learned a hole lot about what went on, the denial that pervaded many of the people at that time. Many didn't want to see a war coming, and some just couldn't imagine there would ever be one. I don't know why, but many of them actually thought Hitler a reasonable man that wouldn't want to go to war. I have to think this had to do with the first world war, and how many were weary from that, especially in Europe. Here in the states, well they just didn't want to have their lives interrupted, we were far away, so why worry about it. It tells you a lot about how people thought in the few years leading up to the war, and how it would evolve into world war. The characters he used for the story he weaved to tell us all of this was great!War and remembrance was equally good! The same basic characters were in this second book. It talks of the war, and you learn a lot there too. I don't want to give too much away. It just continues the story. What good books they were! They were long, both of them were, but to me it doesn't matter if it's long if it's good!

  • Vadim Muchnik
    2019-05-29 12:48

    I read both books through while driving on business - about 60 hours of listening combined. I was glued to the wheel and would have kept driving if i could.Not only did I submerged into the epic drama of the Jastrow's, Henry's and Leslie Sloat, I've gotten an excellent historical overview of the WWII fro perspective of Allies, Axes. Also, Wouk opened my eyes about chilling indifference towards Jewish plight and stonewalling at State Department and Bermuda Conference.

  • Jo Ann
    2019-05-21 18:53

    These books changed my opinion of history, I hated the subject in school. This is the way history should be taught real drama, real people struggling in the midst of chaos. Impacting everyone no matter the social class or religion, the long-lasting impact on each person. It is the best war based book I have ever read.

  • William
    2019-05-25 15:10

    These books should be considered together. Best way to learn about the holocaust. Great read for anyone from a high school-er on up. One of my all time favorites and always a great recommendation.

  • Camille
    2019-05-16 16:51

    I read these books when my children were little. I remember when I finished War and Remembrance in the middle of the night going into my childrens' room and crying because I loved them so much and because the stories of the characters in this 2nd world war novel touched me so deeply.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-30 13:01

    Love this amazing story! A family's struggles during world war 2 pulls the reader into the lives of each person and makes you feel like you are right there with them. Fantastically written!

  • Donna
    2019-05-18 13:16

    Part two just as good a part one.

  • Harry Moncelle
    2019-05-29 12:08

    Illuminating reading and great social and world history of 1939-1943 years.

  • Bob
    2019-06-11 20:10

    This is a great story, well written, and utterly engrossing. I last read it 25 or 30 years ago.

  • Mona
    2019-06-05 15:10

    Amazing. Totally got lost in the story.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-19 12:46

    Loved them!

  • Andria
    2019-06-03 20:13

    This was read during a time when I loved epic novels that you could dive in and it would seem that you would never come out of the life of the novel.

  • Tammy
    2019-06-13 13:05

    oh my gosh. the best book i have ever read. historical fiction/romance/mystery about several families in the period of ww II. A MUST READ. quite a long book, but it ends too soon.

  • Suzi
    2019-05-16 18:07

    Tom's grandpa highly recommended these to me before he passed away. We used to talk about the holocaust and different books we'd read and I loved his taste. So, I plan on reading these for sure!

  • Gcasa
    2019-06-16 14:53

    one of the great historical novels

  • Alison
    2019-05-30 17:00

    Read this the summer before UCLA and remember staying up almost all night. Would love to read it again.

  • Gusdiana
    2019-05-26 13:11

    loved! History!

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-21 19:05

    This book took a while to get involved but once I was captured by the characters, I fell in love with the characters and the story.

  • Beth Messina
    2019-06-07 18:13

    These books were just amazing. I love love Herman Wouk.

  • Vonnie
    2019-06-10 16:55

    Packed with insight as to what is happening today.

  • Stephanie Howard
    2019-06-13 16:50

    My all-time favorite book!