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Herman Wouk is one of this century's great historical novelists, whose peerless talent for capturing the human drama of landmark world events has earned him worldwide acclaim. In The Hope, his long-awaited return to historical fiction, he turns to one of the most thrilling stories of our time - the saga of Israel. In the grand, epic style of The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, The Hope plunges the reader into the major battles, the disasters and victories, and the fragile periods of peace from the 1948 War ...
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Overview

Herman Wouk is one of this century's great historical novelists, whose peerless talent for capturing the human drama of landmark world events has earned him worldwide acclaim. In The Hope, his long-awaited return to historical fiction, he turns to one of the most thrilling stories of our time - the saga of Israel. In the grand, epic style of The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, The Hope plunges the reader into the major battles, the disasters and victories, and the fragile periods of peace from the 1948 War of Independence to the astounding triumph of the Six-Day War in 1967. And since Israelis have seen their share of comic mishaps as well as heroism, this novel offers some of Herman Wouk's most amusing scenes since the famed "strawberry business" in The Caine Mutiny. First to last The Hope is a tale of four Israeli army officers and the women they love: Zev Barak, Viennese-born cultured military man; Benny Luria, ace fighter pilot with religious stirrings; Sam Pasternak, sardonic and mysterious Mossad man; and an antic dashing warrior they call Kishote, Hebrew for Quixote, who arrives at Israel's first pitched battle a refugee boy on a mule and over the years rises to high rank. In the love stories of these four men, the author of Marjorie Morningstar has created a gallery of three memorable Israeli women and one quirky fascinating American, daughter of a high CIA official and headmistress of a Washington girls school. With the authenticity, authority, and narrative force of Wouk's finest fiction, The Hope portrays not so much the victory of one people over another, as the gallantry of the human spirit, surviving and triumphing against crushing odds. In that sense it can be called a tale of hope for all mankind; a note that Herman Wouk has struck in all his writings, against the prevailing pessimism of our turbulent century.

In the tradition of Wouk's world-famous bestsellers The Winds of War and War and Remembrance comes a sweeping epic that brings to life the war-torn history of Israel. Through the lives of three fictional military families, Wouk takes readers inside the wars and conflicts that have defined Israel's existence.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the Historical Notes to this solid saga encapsulating three Israeli-Arab wars, Wouk makes astute reference to the element that gives the novel its considerable power: he refers to his ``arduous personal research . . . which is one reason that my books appear at long intervals.'' Conceding the impossibility of using ``cool perspective'' about events so recent and often still hotly debated, he then clarifies which episodes in the novel are based on fact. These accounts of specific battles, behind-the-scenes political skirmishes in Israel and diplomatic strategy in Washington, D.C., provide the novel's fascinating historical background and true drama. Among and between his accounts of the 1948 War of Independence, the Suez crisis and the Six-Day War, Wouk weaves a story of two protagonists and their fortunes in love and war. Young Polish immigrant Yossi Blumenthal first distinguishes himself in battle in such a reckless manner that he is dubbed Don Kishote; he goes on to become a military hero. His first commander, Zev Barak, is ``sidelined'' into diplomacy and becomes an attache in Washington. Such actual figures as David Ben Gurion, Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir and others are depicted with candor and credibility. While his account is sympathetic to Israel, Wouk does not paint the Arabs with a tarred brush; nor does he put a false gloss on less-than-admirable episodes in the short history of the Jewish nation. Though his prose at times peregrinates into the pedestrian, Wouk has not lost his touch: this is an engrossing and often moving tale. (Dec.)
Library Journal
When an engrossing and well-developed tale of human drama is combined with a first-rate audio production, the result is a superlative listening experience. Such is the case with Wouk's newest epic novel. Set against the backdrop of Israel's early struggles for autonomy and recognition, the story follows the lives of Zev Barak, a Viennese-born military advisor, and Yossi Blumenthal, a soldier whose valor quickly becomes legend. Zev and Yossi, along with real and fictional supporting characters, are representative of the young nation's fight for survival in years punctuated by constant warfare and diplomatic maneuvering. Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan, and David Ben-Gurion are protrayed with authenticity and sympathy, and Wouk's introduction of a young and brash African army recruit in the name of Idi Amin is of special interest. The tale benefits from the artistry of narrator Theodore Bikel, who lends magic to each character he portrays. This is perhaps one of the best audiobooks currently available, and despite its prodigious length, it is a most worthwhile purchase for any public library collection.-- Gretchen Browne, Rockville Centre P.L., N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316954419
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 6/3/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 175,380
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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In the grand, epic style of The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, The Hope plunges the reader into the major battles, the disasters and victories, and the fragile periods of peace from the 1948 War of Independence to the astounding triumph of the Six-Day War in 1967. And since Israelis have seen their share of comic mishaps as well as heroism, this novel offers some of Herman Wouk's most amusing scenes since the famed "strawberry business" in The Caine Mutiny. First to last The Hope is a tale of four Israeli army officers and the women they love: Zev Barak, Viennese-born cultured military man; Benny Luria, ace fighter pilot with religious stirrings; Sam Pasternak, sardonic and mysterious Mossad man; and an antic dashing warrior they call Kishote, Hebrew for Quixote, who arrives at Israel's first pitched battle a refugee boy on a mule and over the years rises to high rank. In the love stories of these four men, the author of Marjorie Morningstar has created a gallery of three memorable Israeli women and one quirky fascinating American, daughter of a high CIA official and headmistress of a Washington girls school. With the authenticity, authority, and narrative force of Wouk's finest fiction, The Hope portrays not so much the victory of one people over another, as the gallantry of the human spirit, surviving and triumphing against crushing odds. In that sense it can be called a tale of hope for all mankind; a note that Herman Wouk has struck in all his writings, against the prevailing pessimism of our turbulent century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Why is this book not available for the Nook?

    Why is this book not available for the Nook?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2003

    Factual Book

    I just read The Hope for a schoolbook report. I received extra credit for reading this book. Although The Hope was challenging, I enjoyed it because it was historically correct and quite easy to follow the story line. I am a student in 10th grade, and I read this book for my World History course. I would recommend this book for people who are fairly advanced readers and have a great interest in the conflicts within the Middle East. The stories with factual information helped answer many of my questions on why every nation in the area is so focused on this tiny piece of land, with a very small population. The Hope talks about wars and political problems Israel experienced in its first years as a new nation. The descriptions of the battle scenes illustrates the tremendous power the Israeli army directs towards their neighboring Arab countries. Herman Wouk must have spent a lot of time doing research. The Hope is based on reality. It¿s reality that made the book so intriguing for me to read. Even some of the characters have real life counterparts. I can¿t wait to read The Glory, which supposedly deals with this same topic.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Historic

    A somewhat different perspective on the Mid-East issues and the historic conflict over the existence of Israel

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    Great Book

    A 5 star book. Knowing nearly nothing of the first years of Isreal's history I found this book a good place to start. The actual events that occurred in the first years are written into the story line. It is difficult to say if this book is more fiction or more history because the events and characters along with the real people are written so well that even the fictional characters become real to the reader. And the real people interact with the fictional characters creating a real scene.

    I have enjoy Herman Wouk's Winds of War and War and Remembrance. His characters in The Hope are along the same lines, style as these two books, so if you enjoyed them you'll also enjoy The Hope. His style of writing make you believe these characters are real and I sometimes have found myself saying I wonder how Zev is doing and then I remember that he is fictional.

    If you are looking for characters to come to life and struggle with real issues not only in historical events, but in their personal lives as well, and you want to learn a bit of history then Mr. Wouk's books are a must read.

    Reading this book I've learned how the big players, i.e. US, Russia and various other countries played a pivotal part in the events that surround Isreal's development. It has made me want to read more about these events in non-fiction books.

    I also have the follow up book, The Glory and will be starting that shortly.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    Another winner from Herman Wouk

    Since I love historical fiction and am fascinated by Israel's birth and struggle for survival, this book was a natural for me. The love stories and the history weave around real people from Israel's recent past: Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan, etc. Once you've read this book you'll want to read its follow-up, Glory. If you grew up reading Leon Uris's Exodus, then you'll enjoy Wouk's story too.

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