The Winds of War [NOOK Book]

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Follows the various members of the Henry family as they become involved in the events preceeding America's involvement in World War II.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Wouk's classic, bestselling epic of an American family during World War II. "The reader is going to be caught up in the excitement and sheer kinetic force of this powerful story . . . relive a period of history . . . and come away richer for the memories."--James A. Michener. A miniseries based on this book was ...

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Overview

Follows the various members of the Henry family as they become involved in the events preceeding America's involvement in World War II.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Wouk's classic, bestselling epic of an American family during World War II. "The reader is going to be caught up in the excitement and sheer kinetic force of this powerful story . . . relive a period of history . . . and come away richer for the memories."--James A. Michener. A miniseries based on this book was an ABC Television Event of the Century. Reissue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316050098
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 11/15/2008
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 16,629
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Herman Wouk’s acclaimed novels include the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Caine Mutiny; Marjorie Morningstar; Don’t Stop the Carnival; Youngblood Hawke; The Winds of War; War and Remembrance; Inside, Outside; The Hope; and The Glory.
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  • Posted July 1, 2010

    A Terrific Novel! A Great Read!

    What a remarkable story. I read both the Winds of War and War and Remembrance. It was just fascinating. I didn't want it to end. You get lost in the story of the Henry family as they traverse all the events of WWII. There is romantic tension, adventure, thrills and more. The vivid descriptions of the concentration camps and what happened there made my hair stand up and saddened me very much. There was also a tremendous amount of factual information of real events that happened in WWII. So in that sense it was very educational. It was reminiscent of Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth and World without End in the way that it grabbed you and sucked you in to the story. I highly recommend both of these novels.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2011

    Excellent Historical Perspective of WWII

    I have read both books over 50 times, I have actually worn out two sets of paperbacks and bought a third in addition to having it downloaded onto my e-book reader. Wouk not only provides an excellent account of the history but details which characters were real and which were part of his fiction. My high school aged daughter read this (a few years ago) and learned more facts and truth about WWII the she had in 4 years of 'history'. My Dad (a WW II vet) read it and really enjoyed it. I bought the entire TV miniseries on DVDs for both Winds of War and War and Rememberence.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    A stunning triumph

    Mr. Baker, the ''history fan who was bilked,'' must have been reading a different book. While ''The Winds of War'' certainly has its fair share of romantic plotlines, to claim that's all there is, and to refer to the analytical history sections as ''a few instances'' is to do this modern classic an enormous disservice. Herman Wouk has written the American equivalent of Tolstoy's epic ''War and Peace.'' Using the Henry and Jastrow families as a means to introduce his readers to broad subjects -- like the geopolitical situation on the eve of World War II, the battle tactics of the armies, and the cruelty of Nazi treatment of the Jews, which eventually morphed into the horrors of the Holocaust -- is positively ingenious. The segments of the book 'written' by the fictional German general Armin von Roon are perhaps Wouk's most incredible achievement in the novel, as he seamlessly slips into the voice of the opposing side. A definite must-read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    Second Best War Novel (Series) Ever Written

    Don't ya just love novels that put fictional characters (people that seem as real as your next door neighbors) into the middle of great events you've read about in history books? I do, cause that's the closest the rest of us get to knowing what it'd be like if it really happened to us. This book and War And Rememberance do that.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2001

    An epic novel of WWII

    Like most people who didn't experience the Great War firsthand, I was very curious about the heroism of those dark days. The Winds of War was a fantastic novel: it was quick-paced, offered insight into the minds of men like Hitler, Yamamoto, and Churchill and, shared the effects of the tragic times on a typical American family.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2000

    The winds of war

    One of the greatest books I have ever read. It is a mastepiece.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Not only absolutely fascinating but ingratiatingly good!  Truly

    Not only absolutely fascinating but ingratiatingly good!  Truly one of my favorite books ever.  Herman Wouk's masterful storytelling takes you through the fictional families of the Henry's and the Jastrow's, set against the context of one of the most unimaginable and very real time in history, World War II.  It is a gripping tale, full of emotion, heroism, love, fear, betrayal, and fate.  It is also very educational for it is well researched and historically accurate.  I cannot wait to transition into the next book now, but this one  is an absolute classic and a triumph in American literature.  Beautifully written!  Loved every single page!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Long and boring

    Our book club chose this as the selection for this month. OMG! I've never read a more boring book in my life...and it's over 1000 pages! If you're really into war history (particularly WWII), you may have incentive to try to slog through this tome. It's very daunting. I'm only about 150 pages in and am still not engaged by the story or any of the characters. I doubt I'll finish reading it. I've rented the movie made from this book....it's pretty much just as boring as the book! Good luck finishing it.

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2005

    One of the greatest books of all time

    Truly a great book..This one book will help you understand the feeling of World War 2,better than any movie ever made,could ever do...Make sure after reading Winds of War you quickly follow it up by reading War and Rememberance,a book of the utmost tragedy that should be ready be read by anybody looking for the feel of America during the war years

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2001

    excellent

    truly one of the greatest novels ever written. a story as rich in character and detail as it is in depth. it's blending of fictional characters with historical times, makes the reader believe they are there as well as understand that period in histoy. better than any history class.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2000

    a classic tale

    Herman Wouk makes me feel as if I am one of the family. He captures in my opinion the mindset of a military family. I love the reality of a family in love with each other and still falling prey to temptation. You must read this book, then read war and rememberance.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    This is a tremendous book!  ****However, buy the paperback, the

    This is a tremendous book!  ****However, buy the paperback, the ebook is full of errors and typos**** The ebook is actually difficult to read in many areas. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Excellent!!

    Great historical fiction.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! I can't say enough good thin

    Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! I can't say enough good things about this book...a sweeping drama of the greatest generation during "their war"!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2001

    A so-so war book

    I didn't think that this book was as great as everyone said it was. There have been a lot of stand out books and this was not one of them. Also the story seemed to just keep going and going, it was much too long and instead of all the small talk he should have just gotten to the point.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Read

    I read this book because a co woker suggested. She thoughtvit would take amonth plus to read it. I read over winter break . Veey well written

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    You must read this!

    And then read War and Remembrance. And then buy/rent the DVD's. This is so fabulously written, and even though you know the war story, this doesn't miss anything and Wouk writes it in such a way that you are enthralled. This series is one of those few that should be in everyone's library.

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

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    An excellent story and an interesting look into a Naval families

    An excellent story and an interesting look into a Naval families experience and influence. I had this book recommended to me after I finished the first two books of Follet's Century Trilogy, and I was not disappointed. I look forward to reading more from this author.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Good story

    I learned a lot about WWII and the years leading up to America's involcememt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Great Book, couldn't put it down. Wonderful storytelling of the

    Great Book, couldn't put it down. Wonderful storytelling of the Henry family interspersed with historical events, places, and people during WW2. Highly recommend.

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