War and Remembrance

War and Remembrance 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 bes

  • Title: War and Remembrance
  • Author: Herman Wouk
  • ISBN: 9780316954990
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 War and that constitute Wouk s crowning achievement are available for the first tiThese 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.

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    1. Herman Wouk

      Herman Wouk is a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize winning Jewish American author with a number of notable novels to his credit, including The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance.Herman Wouk was born in New York City into a Jewish family that had emigrated from Russia After a childhood and adolescence in the Bronx and a high school diploma from Townsend Harris High School, he earned a B.A from Columbia University in 1934, where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity and studied under philosopher Irwin Edman Soon thereafter, he became a radio dramatist, working in David Freedman s Joke Factory and later with Fred Allen for five years and then, in 1941, for the United States government, writing radio spots to sell war bonds He lived a fairly secular lifestyle in his early 20s before deciding to return to a traditional Jewish way of life, modeled after that of his grandfather, in his mid 20s.Wouk joined the United States Navy and served in the Pacific Theater, an experience he later characterized as educational I learned about machinery, I learned how men behaved under pressure, and I learned about Americans Wouk served as an officer aboard two destroyer minesweepers DMS , the USS Zane and USS Southard, becoming executive officer of the latter He started writing a novel, Aurora Dawn, during off duty hours aboard ship Wouk sent a copy of the opening chapters to Irwin Edman who quoted a few pages verbatim to a New York editor The result was a publisher s contract sent to Wouk s ship, then off the coast of Okinawa The novel was published in 1947 and became a Book of the Month Club main selection His second novel, City Boy, proved to be a commercial disappointment at the time of its initial publication in 1948.While writing his next novel, Wouk read each chapter as it was completed to his wife, who remarked at one point that if they didn t like this one, he d better take up another line of work a line he would give to the character of the editor Jeannie Fry in his 1962 novel Youngblood Hawke The novel, The Caine Mutiny 1951 , went on to win the Pulitzer Prize A huge best seller, drawing from his wartime experiences aboard minesweepers during World War II, The Caine Mutiny was adapted by the author into a Broadway play called The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, and was later made into a film, with Humphrey Bogart portraying Lt Commander Philip Francis Queeg, captain of the fictional USS Caine Some Navy personnel complained at the time that Wouk had taken every twitch of every commanding officer in the Navy and put them all into one character, but Captain Queeg has endured as one of the great characters in American fiction.He married Betty Sarah Brown in 1945, with whom he had three sons Abraham, Nathanial, and Joseph He became a fulltime writer in 1946 to support his growing family His first born son, Abraham Isaac Wouk, died in a tragic accident as a child Wouk later dedicated War and Remembrance 1978 to him with the Biblical words, He will destroy death forever In 1998, Wouk received the Guardian of Zion Award.Wouk is still alive as of March 2014 and living in California.

    189 thoughts on “War and Remembrance”

    1. 1382 PAGES COMPLETE!Let me first say, was about this being a challenge for me as well as about reading this particular book. From the afterward in the author's notes Herman Wouk sum it all up. "The purpose of the author in both War and Remembrance and The Winds of War was to bring the past to vivid life through the experiences, perceptions, and passions of a few people caught in the war's maelstrom. This purpose was best served by scrupulous accuracy of locale and historical fact, as the backdro [...]

    2. This review covers both books in this story of World War II,The Winds of War andWar and Remembrance. Together they follow the experience and growth of Victor Henry, a U.S. Navy Officer, his family, and the many people they meet (American and otherwise) in the great events of that global conflict. As with all great novels, these books are not meant merely to entertain, but to teach and communicate something of the human condition. Here, the auther attempts to reveal the depth of human goodness an [...]

    3. I read these back in the 80s at the same time a friend of mine did. She loved them and sort of aimed me at them (we both liked Robert Ludlum, Frederick Forsyth and a few other authors). I can't say I liked these as much as she did.This duology concentrated more heavily (so heavily) on the romances and love lives of the characters in these books that I was hardily sick of them by the time I finished. The books basically became one long extended soap opera so far as I was concerned. The actions of [...]

    4. “War and Remembrance” is a legitimate 5 STAR book if there ever was one! It is, along with The Winds of War, the Gold Standard of historical fiction for World War II.Readers should seriously consider reading The Winds of War before reading this book for two reasons. One, the first book in the dualology is a prequel and the understanding the story and the characters makes reading the second book that much more enjoyable. The second reason is to be sure you like how Herman Wouk writes and trea [...]

    5. This book was my life for a good 2 months and I will never be the same. I read this before Winds of War which is actually supposed to be first. I would recommend reading them in order, but I do believe that War and Remembrance is slightly better. It's the story of a family during WWII, and you grow to absolutely care about everyone, and really understand all the complexities and personality flaws of the characters. Some are in America, some are in Europe, some feel strongly against Hitler, some [...]

    6. Just arrived from Jamaica through BM.A magnificent work of fiction written by Herman Wouk with plenty of historical facts.Among the main historical facts, one should mention the battles of Singapore, Midway (unforgettable tale), Leyte Gulf, the Tehran Conference, the sieges of Imphal and Leningrad.Some hints of the Manhattan project has also been provided by the author.I have never heard about "The Paradise Ghetto" before I have read this book as well as the "Great Beautification".It seems the a [...]

    7. I came across this book from my youth at a flea-market down the street on a walk with my daughter, and despite the fact that it is the second in the series, I had the impulse to snatch it up to see if I would enjoy it as much as I had in junior high. It turns out that I did.Historical fiction, when written well, has a way of creating lasting memories of important events in a way that no text book can. For anyone interested in World War II, especially the war in the Pacific, this is a great place [...]

    8. I liked Winds of War and I loved reading War and Remembrance. This is a historically accurate book describing WWII from Pearl Harbor until the wars conclusion. It continues the characters and theme of Winds of War with Pug Henry as the primary character who manages to put himself in many of the critical decision meetings and actions for both the Pacific and the European theatres. The action, details and perspectives presented regarding the Doolittle raid, Midway, Guadalcanal and the Battle of Le [...]

    9. This wasn't supposed to be my Holocaust spring. Who needs such a thing? But Bloodlands was on hold for months and months; I finally got it. War and Remembrance was on my cousin's bookshelf, an old mass-market paperback, 1400 pages of pure pulp that I'd promised to read if an easy opportunity arose. By the end my head was filled with battleships and cattle-cars and the sheer brutality of the 20th century; it left me feeling edgy and tearful.Herman Wouk is an interesting writer, mixing history, re [...]

    10. Blecccch. There isn't a more unbelievable, unappealing, sexless "romance" than that of Pamela and Pug. Fortunately, a few of the characters I disliked in The Winds of War have redeemed themselves or at least become more interesting and less obnoxious. The only woman who comes off with any growth or dignity is Natalie, and she only ends up that way through unimaginable suffering. Pamela is a pathetic martyr, Rhoda is a selfish, dishonest twit, Madeleine is ignored through most of the book, and Ja [...]

    11. Wouk's earlier THE WINDS OF WAR was a book I tore through, but this sequel I found a bit slower. Still worth reading, though, especially if you've read the first. (It's been so long since I've read either that I can't comment on whether reading WAR AND REMEMBRANCE stands on its own, whether a reader will like it on its own merits, not as a fond "remembrance." The television miniseries of both books, especially of WINDS OF WAR, are both quite good. I'd say it was close in quality to RICH MAN, POO [...]

    12. After finishing “The Winds of War” I tried very hard to take a break from the Henry family and to “save” the rest of the story for later. I lasted a week and I was back into their lives in this even longer second book. I had come to know and love these characters and I simply needed to know what happened to them all.I did learn the fates of all the family members and a few more besides. I also learned that Wouk did a tremendous amount of research for this book, just as he did with the fi [...]

    13. Almost 3 weeks to finish this epic conclusion of Book 2. I just re-read my review on the Winds of War (Book 1) and I am repeating, fiction writing of the finest quality. I felt I had relived the war. What a wonderful strong fictional family chosen by this author to represent the horrors of World War 2. If you are an avid reader, please take the time to read these 2 books and thanks to those who encouraged me to read them back to back. I read these 2 books with almost 2000 pages in 5 weeks, that [...]

    14. Holy Moly, I did it. 1 day shy of 3 months reading this and I finally finished. Whew. This books brings the harrowing truth to the surface of WWII and the immense tragedy that the Jewish people suffered during the reign of Adolf Hitler. It doesn't paint a rose-colored picture of what they went through, nor does it do that for those who fought in the war. It's scary when you see the size of the book and wonder exactly how much a person has to say about a horrible war, but Wouk covers it all. Good [...]

    15. When I read books like this, I come away with a sense of the larger picture. The Henry family's stories were intertwined with 'writings' by Dr. Jastrow and also a Nazi historian, which were further commented on by Victor Henry, in the form of translator's notes. This manner of storytelling creates an epic world within the novel.Additionally, there were so many quotable sections that I finally set aside any hope of remembering them. I'll just have to read the book again. I recommend that you read [...]

    16. Occasionally I get a craving for something a little different, especially in audiobook format since I share them with my husband. And his tolerance for romance is loooooow. So I stepped outside of my usual comfort zone to give the Winds of War (the preceding book to War and Remembrance) a try, since it's considered to be THE quintessential WWII historical fiction novel. I schlepped through W of W on my daily commutes, alternately bored to death or white-knuckling my steering wheel, and when I go [...]

    17. I am very glad that I read (listened to) this sequel to The Winds of War but it didn't quite pack the same punch. I suspect that part of the problem is it is soooo long; even though my attention only flagged once (when the list of people in the Midway battle was given), it was a bit wearing.Kevin Pariseau was terrific and I am happy that I chose to experience these books in audiobook format.

    18. It took me a while to pick up War and Remembrance after I finished Winds of War. The disappointment of not having closure at the end of the first book left me feeling slightly burned. I knew the second half was gong to be just as long and treacherous a tale, and did not feel like I had to courage to start it. 6 months later, I finally decided to take the plunge. And wow, what a wild ride. For some reason, I was much more absorbed in War and Remembrance than I ever was during Winds of War. Perhap [...]

    19. War and Remembrance picks up where WThe Winds of War left off. I suppose you could read them separately, but I don't know why you'd want to. It is a lot of pages to read, but they're all so absorbing that you don't realize you've read almost 2,000 pages until you're done. If anything, WWar and Remembrance is even grimmer than The Winds of War. Mainly, for me, because more of the story happens in and around the concentration camps. One description was so detailed and vivid that it actually upset [...]

    20. Like its predecessor, The Winds of War, this book is a must read. A great book overall and the two book series is highly interesting. My only negative criticism concerns the amount of time spent during the middle of the book, which covers late 1942 and early 1943. Probably too much detail. Then, there is not a whole lot of time devoted to the last 14 months of the war -- as if Herman Wouk wanted to rush the ending. I would have balanced it out a little more. This criticism is a tale wagging the [...]

    21. GOLDEN OLDIEWAR AND REMEMBERANCE VOL.IIHerman WoukThis is to repair an oversight on my reviews. I reviewed THE WINDS OF WAR and did not include the second volume. The continued saga of the Henry family through the horrors of war and the beauty of love is enchanting. Herman Wouk is an author I will treasure forever.There was also a mini TV series of both books which was very well done, and managed to capture a lot of the heart of the novels.

    22. Well I read The Winds of War (Book 1) (which is huge), I did enjoy it, but this one is even longer. I kept losing the thread of the story and having to re-read bits. I could persevere but it would take ages and I'm afraid my To Read pile is calling to me. No offence Mr Wouk.

    23. "In the glare, the great and terrible light of this happening, God seems to signal that the story of the rest of us need not end, and that the new light can prove a troubled dawn. For the rest of us, perhaps. Not for the dead, not for the more than fifty million real dead in the world’s worst catastrophe: victors and vanquished, combatants and civilians, people of so many nations, men, women, and children, all cut down. For them there can be no new earthly dawn. Yet though their bones lie in t [...]

    24. These two books took me a while to get through, to the exclusion of all other reading, but they were so worth it. What a powerhouse history of World War II. Wouk had an incredible grasp of the geopolitics behind the war, both in Europe and the Pacific. The lengthy battle scenes were not as interesting to me but seemed authentic and were easy to skim over for the gist of the drama. The melodramas of the fictional Henry family sometimes felt inconsequential next to the gravity of the historical ev [...]

    25. Wow! I have been immersed in the pair of these novels for a good few months with the little time I've spared for fiction. A good friend recommended this to me and I was not disappointed. I think all readers can relate to at least one character in the larger Henry family circle. Everyone has their moment of strength and/or glory, juxtaposed against the incredible onslaught of the fascist and incessant evil mania of the Nazis. Although over 70 years have passed since WWII, the power of the endless [...]

    26. Absolutely stunning! This is a must read. Continuing the same trend as The Winds of War, this sequel was packed full of historical content. The difference for me was the emotional impact it had. Wouk did a great job portraying the strength and resilience of the Jewish people, even during the most horrific circumstances. I can go on and on about this book, and my love of the Henry family. But the the biggest thing I'll take away is this: the human race is capable of incredible endurance and heroi [...]

    27. I just finished this book and I'm trying to figure out how to write what I'm thinking of it. This book picks up after Winds of War ends, just after Pearl Harbor, and goes through the end of WWII. Winds of War, though long, was a good way to get to know the main characters these books follow, and therefore make their experiences much more meaningful. Because of that, Warren's death hit harder than I expected it to. The Henry family deals with so much sadness because of the war, directly and indir [...]

    28. War and Remembrance is the second half of Wouk’s magnum opus, the first half of which is The Winds of War. The two novels are, on the surface, a 2000 page tome split into two 1000 page halves, but that description doesn’t begin to do justice to the immense difference between the two. The Winds of War is about the run-up to WWII where War and Remembrance is about the war itself and the two flow seamlessly, chronologically together. War and Remembrance took Wouk 16 years to write (’62-’78) [...]

    29. Wow. Where to begin with my review of this book? I really enjoyed i t, like I did the first one. However, this one was much harder to read because it dealt with Auschwitz and the Holocaust. It took me a long time to read those parts because it wasn't something I just wanted to pick up and read when I had a chance to late at night (that and the other books for book club I had to read while trying to get through all 1300+ pages of this one!!). I didn't really want pictures of those horrors in my m [...]

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