The Winds of War

The Winds of War

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by Herman Wouk
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316952668
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
02/05/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
896
Sales rank:
89,303
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.62(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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"Readers are going to be caught up in the excitement and sheer clinical force of this powerful story...A little period of history...and come away richer for the memories."

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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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The Winds of War 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
jlv1634 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest books I have ever read. It is a mastepiece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great historical fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! I can't say enough good things about this book...a sweeping drama of the greatest generation during "their war"!
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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
JKathleen More than 1 year ago
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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I learned a lot about WWII and the years leading up to America's involcememt
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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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