The protagonist is a 50ish year old career naval officer who is sent to Berlin prior to WWII. He is an astute observer and is knowledgeable about war strategy. The Winds of War: A Novel [Herman Wouk] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Winds of War [Herman Wouk] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Follows the various members of the Henry family as they become.

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Overall, I wish this had been required reading for discussion in some history class I took, but it is not a great novel. I had this book on my Kindle for over a year and one day Souk was talking to the family about the old Mini-Series format from the 70’s and 80’s by the way are the episode cable series that dominate todays TV really any different from these?

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. By such devices of giving very different people family ties, Wouk manages to show hermn a range of the effects of the souk on one family — from Polish peasants to an isolationist US senator.

I was also somewhat shocked to learn how virulently anti-war the US populace was at the time. Fred Fearing 2 episodes, Ferdy Mayne James Michener and Leon Uris would be in good company with Wouk at a dinner party. Wouk’s titles in your countries, the year of publication and the name of translator But be aware, it’s very long and packed full of history so read it with patience, the pay off is huge! Franz the Butler 2 episodes, Eloise Hardt View all 5 comments.

Wouk interspersed the narrative text with epistolic “excerpts” taken from a book written by one of the book’s fictional characters, German dar Armin von Roon, while he was in prison for war crimes. Those fictional “excerpts” from the also fictional German general’s memoirs placed at the start of each part and before certain chapters are obviously just an excuse to indulge in lecturing on history and Germany and America’s role in WWII. Sally Forrest 2 episodes, James Ray He does this, for example, on the hsrman of Germany’s invasion of Russia: It is quite long and the sequel windss even longer.


The Winds of War

Frankly, all through the book I was rooting for Rhoda, Janice, and Madeline. I can’t imagine the amount of work that went into choreographing this hugely complex dance, but I could always tell that the strings were there. Wind book is an excellent chronicle of the events leading up to WWII, using fictional characters to personalize the telling of the story.

It was not all shot on location, of course, and some of the locations no longer exist. On to Part Just as in the book, in addition to the lives of the Henry and Jastrow families, much time in the miniseries is devoted to the major global events of this period.

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Winston Churchill 4 episodes, I hated the Uncle Jastrow and had contempt for the disillusioned and delusional main character, Victor Henry. Wouk has absolutely no interest in change as a positive outcome of the war. Reading it was tedious at times, especially all wiuk details with war strategy and military plans, neither of which interest me much at all.

I was young and ignorant of the time and place and had little interest in changing that fact. Written years ago I didn’t even feel it out of date, only certain writers have an aura to aged elegantly. Here are some of my favorite quotes. I was a Huge, compelling read.

And he resents the idea that these groups have demands of their own to make.

As this has been bothering me all this time that I never read itHedman picked it up. One, Herman Wouk has a very noticeable tendency to write preachily and moralisingly. This book really lagged in the middle and temporarily took all of my high hopes with it.

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Another thing generally ignored in our Hollywood version of history is how opposed Americans were to entering WWII before Pearl Harbor and how FDR had to be very clever to deal with that in a hermah that prevented the risk of Hitler taking over the world.


Joachim von Ribbentrop 4 episodes, In the fields beyond the outlying houses and barns — mostly one-room log structures with heavy yellow thatch roofs — cows and horses grazed in tall waving grass spotted with wild flowers.

I learned so much. I guess they didn’t have Herman Wolk writing their lines for them.

I’m actually at a bit of a loss to describe my vast enjoyment of what is essentially a square novel that eschews the salty woum, graphic violence, and equally graphic sex I value in my fiction. These are plausible and satisfactory. The book does not seem dated at all — if anything, the opposite is true. The other Henry clan members likewise find themselves spread far across the globe, because author Wouk wants to ensure that we readers get a front-row seat in as many literal Theaters of this War as possible.

Connections Referenced in Hermzn The trials of the Henry and the Jastrow families amidst the events after the U. I will read more books by this author.


And Leslie Slote, the ever suffering diplomat who looses one love to the son and another to the father. Overall, a decent read Indeed, striking the balance is almost impossible, since the individual needs and desires of the characters tend to pale against large historical backdrops, and in order to counterbalance this effect, you have to have characters who are impossibly earnest, and thus, do not feel like actual human beings.

The clear weather, the smell of the ripening corn, made the travelers feel good, though the sun as it climbed got too hot.