A masterpiece of historical fiction, this is 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.
A Riveting Mix
This work is a curious mixture. When I started it I thought "good grief I've just downloaded a 45 hour soap opera," and in part I had. The book follows the lives of Victor Henry, USN, his two sons also USN, his wife, daughter-in-law and several other central characters. The book succeeds as a soap if the measure of success is coming to care about these people. They are interesting and vital individuals and I found it easy to get caught up in their intertwining lives. But the book is also a history of the early years of World War II up until the US entry. Some of it is written as formal history with quotes from a factitious book written by a factitious German General translated by a retired Victor Henry. It serves as a clever vehicle to convey a German perspective on events. Victor himself is a bit of Naval Forrest Gump showing up at pivotal moments among the war's major players. He meets and interacts with Roosevelt, Hitler, Churchill and Stalin. Victor, the author's stand-in, is an astute observer and after a fashion the reader comes to know these world leaders. I found the book entirely engrossing and the audio version engagingly read. Normally, coming to the end of a work like this I would be sad that it was over, but no need. There is another 50+ hours of War and Remembrance to look forward to!
The Winds of War by Herman Wouk
I down loaded the book, but I am missing the last few chapters, so how do I complete the download? L. Outstanding book otherwise.
The winds of war
The narrator is horrible!