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The Winds Of War (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) School & Library Binding – February 1, 2002
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Herman Wouk tells the story of a fictional USN family as the events leading up to America's entry into war cast them hither and yon. London, Berlin, Moscow, Pearl Harbor, New York City, Rome, Manila, and Washington DC all figure prominently as do the leaders of each Axis and Allied country.
Having read much about WWII, I especially enjoyed Wouk's flawless chronology and the detail with which it was adorned. Indeed, one could absorb a better understanding of the WWII event timeline from Winds of War than from many non-fictional accounts.
I do most of my reading at night before sleep. Winds of War had me looking forward to bedtime on my commute home from work. I loved this book. I loved it's character formation, it's pace, it's geographical range, and it's towering level of suspense. Every ingredient required for a memorable epic is present in an impeccable weave.
Winds of War rates 5 stars and more.
That said, I consider _The Winds of War_ and _War and Remembrance_ to be the greatest novels written about World War II. The historical detail is dead on, the military, political, and social commentary is brilliant, and the story itself keeps you page-turning for a few thousand pages. It is a heart-wrenching book that helps one grasp--six decades later--what it was like to have the entire world plunged into war, with a close look at the horrors of the Holocaust.
Wouk actually served in the US Navy in the Pacific during WW II. He lived through the war and brings that whole era to life in a way that I doubt any current author could. And yet they are utterly relevant today. I frankly think they should be required reading in college or even high school. Read them. ..bruce..
That's a true shame. Wouk can tell a story---and I mean a WHOPPER, an EPIC in the true sense of the word---like nobody else from his generation. "The Winds of War" is part one of his absolute masterpiece, a tsunami tale of adventure, tragedy, romance, death, birth...you name it, it's in there. The story of the Henry family, headed by Victor "Pug" Henry, a Captain in the U.S. Navy, as it spreads across the globe during World War Two.
This is a virtuoso performance. Wouk knits the personal stories of the Henry clan together with factual history, using letters, quotes from speeches & books, anything he can think of to put you THERE, smack dab in the middle of the action. And you are there: you follow Pug to meetings with Roosevelt, Hitler, Churchill, Stalin, and on and on. Putting fictional characters in the room with real people is a huge risk, it almost never works, but Wouk pulls it off with charm to spare. You're in Warsaw when the Nazis invade, you're at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attack, you're in Rome when Mussolini declares war.Read more ›
Now, on to the Kindle edition ...
I do think that if you decide to offer a book in a Kindle edition, someone really has to -- I don't know -- READ IT! Not just scan in the original and trust that your software is up to the task of rendering the original perfectly in the new medium. YOU HAVE TO CHECK YOUR WORK.
Why am I sure this didn't happen? The section heading in big bold print reading "Bearl Barbour" sort of gives it away.
Seriously, the Kindle edition is riddled with errors like this, and no, I'm not particularly looking for them. Someone needs to go back and fix this. Seriously. It's just jarringly bad. I love my Kindle, and I've never encountered anything like this shoddy editing job in any of my other Kindle books, not even the free ones. This one I paid for, and I'm very, very offended that it was transcribed into the new format without someone proofreading it to make sure that everything came out all right. It's discourteous to a great book, a great author, and to readers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this as a gift for a family member. It was exactly what they wanted!Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Fabulous historical novel providing a real feeling for what people all over the world were experiencing during the lead up and during WWII.;Published 4 days ago by Diane Uhl
It took me quite a while to get through the whole book. My curiosity for history and WW2 kept me going but I usually will not finish a book I do not enjoy. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Beautifully written - if historically accurate, as I believe it to be, a new, much broader perspective on the war I lived through as a child and teenager. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pebble
Excellent historical fiction. It kept me interested, I didn't want to put it down. A great WW11 novel.Published 1 month ago by bandmom
This is my second reading, if you like history with a great story woven in, you want this book - the sequel War and Remembrance was also a wonderful bookPublished 1 month ago by Roxan temple