The Winds of War

The Winds of War

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A Masterpiece of Historical Fiction-The Great Novel of America's "Greatest Generation" Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events-and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II-as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c1971
ISBN: 9780316955003
Characteristics: 885 p


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Aug 09, 2020

I completed this well-written novel and recommended it to several family members, because it was simply a very nice read. Not too complex of a read, but still descriptive enough that the plot and several subplots work together excellently to weave a very neat and intricate story. The main plot follows the adventures around the globe of naval attaché Pug Henry and his family in the early states of World War Two. Romantic escapades and dangerous incidents pursue each to deliver a unique adventure. The romance is certainly very PG in this novel, so it is suitable for all ages, and it could potentially be read in schools for students to understand the history of World War Two. The events of the war are incredibly realistic, and they are very educational. My only quibble is that the story ends very suddenly and the novel seems incomplete, but I understand this is fulfilled by the purpose of its sequel, War and Remembrance. :)

Jul 28, 2020

A great amount of literature about the period surrounding World War II fails to actually describe it from the point of view of actual people. Herman Wouk makes The Winds of War memorable by describing the war from many sides, including the points of view of the Henry family, a prominent Washington DC family with connections to the armed forces and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; the Jastrows, a Jewish family trapped in Europe; and Armin Von Roon, a German general and a witness to the atrocities committed by the Nazi government. Wouk gives the reader a clear view into the lives of people during World War II by giving his characters experiences that readers can relate too, while still showing the reader the effects of the war on each character. The Winds of War is a highly engaging novel, and it is one I would definitely read again.

Apr 07, 2019

First rate historical fiction. The challenge with historical fiction is to create active & dynamic characters in the middle of the action but without perturbing the events. The author has managed to do exactly that by providing accounts of Italy prior to war with America, Poland prior to and during the German invasion, Berlin and certain German political & military figures prior to the war, London and certain British political & military figures prior to America's entry in the war, Moscow and certain Soviet political & military figures during the German invasion, and finally Washington and certain American political & military figures prior to Pearl Harbor. We get portraits of Roosevelt, Churchill, Hitler, Stalin, and some top American military figures. Aside from the history, there are subplots of family relationships & life.

Feb 09, 2019

Epic story of one family's adventures during the lead-up to World War II. The father is the US ambassador to Germany, so they are uniquely situated to be involved with some of the most important events of those momentous days. Sequel is War and Remembrance.

Dec 03, 2013

I will pick up at Hampton Branch when notified. Thanks.

Sep 17, 2012

Intensely entertaining, epically grand in scale, yet small in scope. A great read by an even greater author.

Apr 16, 2011

The Winds of War ----
by Herman Wouk c - 1971 ----

This book is a very good Read!

The story came out within my first year of Military Service. ----

Everyone was reading it! ----

Enjoy! ----


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