The Winds of War



➼ [Reading] ➾ The Winds of War By Herman Wouk ➱ – E17streets4all.co.uk Like no other masterpiece of historical fiction, Herman Wouk s sweeping epic of World War II is the great novel of America s Greatest GenerationWouk s spellbinding narrative captures the tide of globa Like no other masterpiece of historical fiction, Herman Wouk s sweeping epic of World War II is the great novel of America s Greatest GenerationWouk s spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events, as well as 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 The Winds of War The Winds ePUB Æ and its sequel War and Remembrance stand as the crowning achievement of one of America s most celebrated storytellers.The Winds of War

Herman Wouk was 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 RemembranceHerman 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 BA from Columbia University in The Winds ePUB Æ , 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 , for the United States government, writing radio spots to sell war bonds He lived a fairly secular lifestyle in his early s before deciding to return to atraditional Jewish way of life, modeled after that of his grandfather, in his mid s 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 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 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 novel Youngblood Hawke The novel, The Caine Mutiny , 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 , with whom he had three sons Abraham, Nathanial, and Joseph He became a fulltime writer in 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 to him with the Biblical words, He will destroy death forever In , Wouk received the Guardian of Zion Award.

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  • 20 March 2019
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  1. says:

    They found the narrow tarred roads filling with people on foot and horse drawn wagons laden with children, furniture, squawking geese, and the like Some peasants drove along donkeys piled with household goods, or a few mooing cows Marching soldiers now and then forced the car off the road A troop of cavalry trotted by on gigantic dappled horses The dusty riders chatted as they rode, strapping fellows with helmets and sabres glittering in the morning sun They laughed, flashing white teeth, They found the narrow tarred roads filling with people on foot and horse drawn wagons laden with children, furniture, squawking geese, and the like Some peasants drove along donkeys piled with household goods, or a few mooing cows Marching soldiers now and then forced the car off the road A troop of cavalry trotted by on gigantic dappled horses The dusty riders chatted as they rode, strapping fellows with helmets and sabres glittering in the morning sun They laughed, flashing white teeth, twirling their moustaches, glancing down with good hud disdain at the straggling refugees One company of foot soldiers went by singing The clear weather, the smell of the ripening corn, made the travelers feel good, though the sun as it climbed got too hot There were no combatants in sight on the long black straight road through yellow fields when a lone airplane dived from the sky, following the line of the road and making a hard stuttering noise It flew so low that Byron could see the painted numbers, the black crosses, the swastika, the clumsy fixed wheels The bullets fell on people, horses, and the household goods and children in the carts Byron felt a burning and stinging in one ear He was not aware of toppling into the dirt Herman Wouk, The Winds of WarWelcome to America s War and Peace Welcome, and enjoy That s the novel I think of when I think of Herman Wouk s The Winds of War I am not ashamed of this belief, and you will not be able to convince me otherwise Historical fiction is hard Just ask Ken Follett, who keeps sending waves of cardboard cutout characters into awkwardly contrived real life situations The difficulty comes from the inherent tension in the genre Make the book too historical, and you might as well append some footnotes, and make it nonfiction Make the book too fictional, and you end up in a situation where the relatively trivial problems of the characters overshadow the bigger problems of history Striking the right balance can be hard 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 Again, all this is illustrated in Follett s Century Trilogy Herman Wouk s solution to this tension is to say screw it, and super size both the history and the fictional drama of the turbulent years leading up to America s involvement in World War II This is a big, sprawling, ambitious novel set against a factual background and real life personages The true life tragedies are interwoven with a multifaceted soap opera, which Wouk has constructed around Captain Victor Pug Henry, the paterfamilias of an American naval family That family includes his unhappy wife, Rhoda the perfect eldest son Warren a Naval flier their loose cannon middle child Byron a submariner and daughter Madeline, who leaves college to work for a popular radio entertainer, and whose purpose in this novel is almost entirely superfluous But who cares Superfluity is one of The Winds of War s great charms.Mocking this book is rather easy, if one is so inclined There s a lot to pick apart, starting with enough melodrama to fuel a dozen General Hospitals The characterizations can be less than sharp There is a Leo in Titanic quality to Pug Henry, so that he s always turning up at the right place at the right time, allowing him to roll with the titans of the day Look it s FDR And isn t that Churchill Wait, is that the smell of fish on Stalin s breath Moreover, for a book so overstuffed with dalliances, affairs, and wandering hearts, there is a certain chasteness to the proceedings that is both quaint and irritating This is about war, but veers away from graphic violence This is riddled with love affairs, but you won t find a single sex scene Most of the characters are under constant duress, but none of them curse Somehow, as I mentioned in my review of Wouk s The Caine Mutiny, he is able to maintain a Leave it to Beaver level of cleanliness without utterly destroying the verisimilitude he works to create I should add that I am exaggerating a bit with the Leave it to Beaver crack But not by much Everything that works against The Winds of War can, in the right frame of mind, be seen as advantageous The messiness and the ridiculousness are endemic of ambition, and despite a slow start, in which we are introduced to the archetypal rectitude of Pug Henry, this huge book is never less than engrossing The plot, in brief Pug is naval officer sent to England as an observer This will give him the opportunity to hobnob with historical figures while also fall in love with a woman named Pamela, who is daughter to a British radio star Later, because of his observer status, Pug will get to chat with FDR and then go to Moscow Meanwhile, Byron is in Italy working as a research assistant to Aaron Jastrow, a famed Jewish writer Byron is soon in love with Jastrow s niece, Natalie, and will be with them as the two flee the encroaching Holocaust a gut wrenching journey, magnificently chronicled Warren, the naval flier, is stationed in Hawaii, and his role is mainly to sit there until December 7, 1941 Meanwhile, while Pug is skirting the line with Pamela, his wife drifts towards a love affair with Palmer Kirby Palmer is a scientist type, and if you guessed that he ll eventually work on the Manhattan Project, you re right There s also Leslie Slote, a hopeless pedant who exists to lecture other characters and by extension us about the overarching political framework Wouk s work is crammed with research This book has research coming out of its nose At times, he s able to deftly weave his factoids into the narrative For instance, in this meeting with Roosevelt, we learn a couple of tidbits about the President without breaking the flow of the story Roosevelt sighed, smoothed his thin rumpled gray hair, and rolled himself to his desk Victor Henry now noticed that the President did not use an ordinary invalid s wheelchair, but an odd piece of gear, a sort of kitchen chair on wheels, in and out of which he could easily slide himself Golly, the sun s going down, and it s still sweltering in here Roosevelt sounded suddenly weary, as he contemplated papers piled on the desk Isn t it about time for a drink Would you like a martini I m supposed to mix a passable martini Wouk is less successful using excerpts from a fictional nonfiction book called World s Empire Lost, written by the fictional German General Armin van Roon, and translated by the fictional Pug Henry Wouk uses these excerpts to set the historical stage, and if you are a neophyte to this period, I suppose it s helpful However, if you already have some facility with the World War II era, these excerpts are mainly annoying, and a bit too meta It is with these explanatory passages that Wouk most consciously apes the style of Tolstoy Perhaps unsurprisingly, I found Tolstoy s endless philosophizing about history to be the least enjoyable parts of War and Peace Both authors share an abiding obsession with the way that grand historical events unfold Both authors are intent upon sharing that obsession, at extraordinary length My favorite part about The Winds of War is its excellent sense of place Wouk gives you a vivid, tactile sense of being in prewar and wartime Europe Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia It puts you into the DeLorean and jams the accelerator down until it hits 88 The muddy narrow streets of Medzice it had rained hard during the night, and the rattling on the rabbi s roof had increased Byron s sensed of snugness were filled with an autumnal fragrance of hay and ripening fruit, madetangy by the smells of the free roaming ducks, chickens, goats, and calves Some of the fowl were encountering tragedy, happily strutting in the morning sunshine one moment, and the next swooped down upon by laughing children and carried off squawking and flapping to be slaughtered 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 Water bugs skated on the surface of the slow moving brown river Fish jumped and splashed, but nobody was fishing.Wouk presides over this bulging story like some sort of god just as Tolstoy did There are even times when he steps out of the story to remind us that we are reading something fictional He does this, for example, on the eve of Germany s invasion of Russia The players in our drama were now scattered around the earth Their stage had become the planet, turning in the solar spotlight that illuminated half the scene at a time, and that moved always from east to west.If nothing else can be said of this book, it certainly does not lack for audacity Unsurprisingly, The Winds of War ends with Japan s attack on Pearl Harbor, which neatly sets up the followup, War and Remembrance The battle is described obliquely, and this serves as yet another reminder of how propulsive Wouk keeps his narrative without having many set piece action sequences 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 language, graphic violence, and equally graphic sex I value in my fiction.I ve said it before and will say it again Wouk is a forgotten genius He was disparaged by literary critics in his own day, and is often damned with faint praise in the present Forget all that This is a tremendous epic, creating a world that surrounds you, a three dimensional reading experience The worst thing I can say about it is that it has forced me to read it several times At nearly 900 pages, that is a lot of rereading, especially with so many unread books in the world It cannot be helped The novel is that good, and it sets the stage for an even better sequel

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    Winds of War isn t my favorite book of the almost dwindled year Nor does it break into my all time top 10 books What it is, is simply a balancing act In its bare bones, this book is a melodrama But this undesirable component is supported by a blissfully solemn narrative The main cast is the Henry family The book s entire length is about how different these people are from each other, and how much do they cross paths despite their nomadic existence All of which has World War 2 as a canv Winds of War isn t my favorite book of the almost dwindled year Nor does it break into my all time top 10 books What it is, is simply a balancing act In its bare bones, this book is a melodrama But this undesirable component is supported by a blissfully solemn narrative The main cast is the Henry family The book s entire length is about how different these people are from each other, and how much do they cross paths despite their nomadic existence All of which has World War 2 as a canvass The various big shots of history are not written into the book with equal effect Hitler, unsurprisingly, is given the most treatment In my mind I cast a Richard Dawkins lookalike as Roosevelt Worked for me Churchill is the one disappointment Stalin is just average The horrors of war are merely hinted at Bloodshed doesn t happen by the buckets here What we see is a world unprepared by modern warfare and global politics The proven wisdom caught with its pants down Since the War is not shown through the eyes of the soon to be dead, its harshness is lessened The best thing about this book is the twists These are plausible and satisfactory I loved the Natalie Jastrow, Leslie Slote, and Pamela Tudsbury characters I hated the Uncle Jastrow and had contempt for the disillusioned and delusional main character, Victor Henry So I had a blast living with this book for a couple of weeks It s much better than the pathetic Century trilogy by Ken Follett I want to know what happens next Nothing is guaranteed, but the story is not finished Which means that the sequel theoretically can be as good as this book

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    The Winds of War The Henry Family 1 , Herman Wouk The Winds of War is Herman Wouk s second book about World War II, the first being The Caine Mutiny 1951 Published in 1971, it was followed up seven years later by War and Remembrance The novel features a mixture of real and fictional characters that are all connected to the extended family of Victor Pug Henry, a fictional middle aged Naval Officer and confidant of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt The story arc begins six months before The Winds of War The Henry Family 1 , Herman Wouk The Winds of War is Herman Wouk s second book about World War II, the first being The Caine Mutiny 1951 Published in 1971, it was followed up seven years later by War and Remembrance The novel features a mixture of real and fictional characters that are all connected to the extended family of Victor Pug Henry, a fictional middle aged Naval Officer and confidant of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt The story arc begins six months before Germany s invasion of Poland in September 1939 and ends shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, when the United States and, by extension, the Henry family, enters the war as well 19871365 1112 20 1915 20191952

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    The Winds of War is the first of a 2 part series comprised of The Winds of War and War and Remembrance This book was impossible to put down The story of the lead up to WWII told primarily through the lens of the American Henry family, The Winds of War gives a comprehensive background on the military and political situation in a muchengaging way than a non fiction book could It also paints a broader picture by looking at the situation on the ground in both Europe as well as America Desp The Winds of War is the first of a 2 part series comprised of The Winds of War and War and Remembrance This book was impossible to put down The story of the lead up to WWII told primarily through the lens of the American Henry family, The Winds of War gives a comprehensive background on the military and political situation in a muchengaging way than a non fiction book could It also paints a broader picture by looking at the situation on the ground in both Europe as well as America Despite its gigantic heft, the book moves very fast I was sad to turn the last page, although since we were only at Pearl Harbor, I knew we still had a ways to go.The Winds of War was published in 1971, apparently after approximately 13 years of research and writing, meaning Wouk got started on it in 1958 The book does not seem dated at all if anything, the opposite is true Because the book was worked on and written closer to the time of WWII itself by a WWII veteran , the story seems muchimmediate and muchrealistic thanrecent books about WWII I will definitely be moving on to War and Remembrance

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    There is a whole lot to like in this sprawling family saga that takes us on the journey of the Henry Family from the late 1930 s through the bombing of Pearl Harbor and then Clark Field in the Philippines I had this book on my Kindle for over a year and one day I was talking to the family about the old Mini Series format from the 70 s and 80 s by the way are the 10 episode cable series that dominate todays TV really any different from these I think not , and I remembered this show and the bo There is a whole lot to like in this sprawling family saga that takes us on the journey of the Henry Family from the late 1930 s through the bombing of Pearl Harbor and then Clark Field in the Philippines I had this book on my Kindle for over a year and one day I was talking to the family about the old Mini Series format from the 70 s and 80 s by the way are the 10 episode cable series that dominate todays TV really any different from these I think not , and I remembered this show and the book So I began this almost 900 page book and a lot of things popped out at me First of all, how horrid the TV casting was of the characters in the book I know this is a book review, but the mini series played a big part in why I read this and so I must digress a bit.One thing that I have always read is that TV shows or movies always seem to get the ages wrong on the participants in these historic events In the book Pug Henry is 49 and his kids are in the early to mid 20 s In the mini series we have 64 year old Robert Mitchum trying to portray this character and then all the other casting runs from there with actors portraying characters who are all 15 20 years younger than the actor And who in their right mind would cast Ali McGraw and Jan Michael Vincent in their roles I know it is always about ratings but these were terrible choices As for the book, we have Pug Henry who is a 49 year old Navy man who has a wonderful sense of perspective and becomes FDR s eyes and ears to the early stages of WW2 His one son is a fighter pilot and other son eventually becomes a submariner, and a daughter who goes into the entertainment business Not sure what Madeline Henry really added to the book, but maybe that will becomeevident in the sequel War and Remembrance.Here we get to see the buildup of WW2, the invasion of Poland which was allegedly due to the Poles invasion of Germany a deliberate faked invasion made up by Hitler as well as his defensive invasion into Russia There is a ton of really great history in this book, including portions which give the German point of view and which are very informative and thought provoking.We see the plight of the Jews, the plight of the Russians, the desperate attempts by Churchill and Stalin to get the US into the war, the Lend Lease program that was approved by a Congress that did not want to supply arms or supplies to England or Russia but who approved this subterfuge, the mixed convictions of the US populace that wished to remain neutral but also which had a great deal of support for helping our Allies I will also give this to Wouk, he made up some very unlikeable characters Pug s wife Rhoda who is a flighty flirt who drinks to much and is a spoiled brat worrying about what she will wear to meet Hitler at a reception than the fact that the Jews of Berlin are starving and being dispossessed of their businesses and property, and a woman who loves nothingthan shopping his son Briny who is just an arrogant and moody person who falls in love with the half Jewish Natalie Jastrow who herself has few redeeming qualities other than dashing throughout war torn Europe to see her relatives and then having Briny chase after her and continually rescue her and I could go on for a few others, but Wouk shows that families are made of noble stock like Pug, and son Warren, and then there is the flip side of Rhoda, Briny and Madeline We follow this crew through all these pages and know that we are slowly going to reach the inevitable climax of Pearl Harbor which sets up the next book that will dwell on the actual time the US is at War with the Axis forces of Germany, Italy and Japan.While this wasof a 4.5 on my scale I rounded the book up because of all the historical research and many of the additional facts that I learned through Wouk s writing I will take a bit of a break now because the next book in the series is over 1050 pages long on my Kindle and for now the Henry family can blaze away in defense of America and democracy and I will catch up with their saga later

  6. says:

    If you listen carefully, you might just hear my screams of absolute euphoria that I have completely finished my longest audio yet At almost 46 hours in length, it s been over a month since I started this bookThe Winds of War has lingered on my Goodreads shelf since I began using the site in 2013 It feels really good to have given this WWII historical a listen.Focusing on the five members of the American Henry family Victor Pug Henry, his wife Rhoda, sons Warren and Byron, and daughter If you listen carefully, you might just hear my screams of absolute euphoria that I have completely finished my longest audio yet At almost 46 hours in length, it s been over a month since I started this bookThe Winds of War has lingered on my Goodreads shelf since I began using the site in 2013 It feels really good to have given this WWII historical a listen.Focusing on the five members of the American Henry family Victor Pug Henry, his wife Rhoda, sons Warren and Byron, and daughter Madeline, the book travels quite vast from the US to many countries throughout Europe and Asia in the first few years of the war Interwoven with this family saga is a novel inside the novel, written in the 1960 s and discussing all the political atmosphere and military strategies of the war Although there were times when the melodrama of the Henry s extracurricular activities made me frustrated, I did enjoy the way in which Wouk presents the historical record My one wish is that Madeline might have been given afascinating storyline Eventually I will select the sequel but for now I think I shall stick to shorter Audiobooks for the next while Audiobook narrated by Kevin Pariseau 45h 48 mins 41 secs

  7. says:

    This novel was well worth every one of its 850 plus pages I loved how Wouk presented all sides of WWII and how the countries involved made the choices they did What a wonderful history lesson camouflaged in a great story In many ways this reminded me a lot of a Ken Follett novel Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

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    Huge, compelling read Though I may hesitate to call the book enlightening , I d probably feel comfortable describing it as broadening , particularly regarding the range of viewpoints on various players roles and motives in the war It contains plenteous opinions about martial tactics particularly Germany s and the effects of politics particularly the US s on the outcomes in WWII Opinions or not, it was refreshing to see unconventional views stated so thoroughly and convincingly I was a Huge, compelling read Though I may hesitate to call the book enlightening , I d probably feel comfortable describing it as broadening , particularly regarding the range of viewpoints on various players roles and motives in the war It contains plenteous opinions about martial tactics particularly Germany s and the effects of politics particularly the US s on the outcomes in WWII Opinions or not, it was refreshing to see unconventional views stated so thoroughly and convincingly I was also somewhat shocked to learn how virulently anti war the US populace was at the time Minor spoiler alert When the main character, Pug Henry, a Navy Captain having already spent one on one time with in order Hitler, Roosevelt, Mussolini and Churchill, obtains a private audience with Stalin, the needle on my disbelief suspension meter finally snapped clean off Fortunately, it didn t detract from the saga as a whole All in all, I enjoyed the book immensely and, through it, came by a number of new perspectives regarding the conduct of the war and it s key operatives It s a fascinating study of the personalities involved and the effects for which each of them were, arguably, responsible Wouk has an amazing grasp of history and research, combined with a marvelous ability to keep a tale compelling through some 250,000 words via the use of a seemingly endless array of story telling devices There s no deus ex machina and there s plenty of unfinished business in the end all as it should be I enjoyed it enough to have already begun the follow up novel, War Remembrance and I ll soon enough read his Pulitzer winner, The Caine Mutiny.Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I found it particularly enlightening, in light of the current state of American and European realpolitik, to learn how Roosevelt was viewed by many at the time vs how he s generally viewed today A fascinating contrast, and particularly pertinent at this moment in history

  9. says:

    This story, told through the eyes and lives of a Navy family, begins in 1939 and ends right after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 It s certainly not a quick read It s long, over 800 pages long Reading it was tedious at times, especially all the details with war strategy and military plans, neither of which interest me much at all However, I m so glad that I stuck with it It s not great literature, but the story and portrayal of characters are what made it for me I especially loved the p This story, told through the eyes and lives of a Navy family, begins in 1939 and ends right after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 It s certainly not a quick read It s long, over 800 pages long Reading it was tedious at times, especially all the details with war strategy and military plans, neither of which interest me much at all However, I m so glad that I stuck with it It s not great literature, but the story and portrayal of characters are what made it for me I especially loved the patriarch of the family, Victor Pug Henry strong, upright, old school, my type of man I look forward to reading the sequel While writing this review, I just remembered that Herman Wouk also wrote Don t Stop the Carnival which I readthan thirty years ago and loved Totally different subject matter however, but one that I can relate to somewhat, since we live in the Caribbean Here are some of my favorite quotes It is better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you re a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt This one refers to the relief that Victor Henry felt after being in Berlin for a while I can relate to this, since I feel that Americans aregenuine than most I always say that you know where you stand with them I know that others reading this may not appreciate my generalization, but oh well Victor Henry loved being back among American faces, American talk, offhand open manners, laughter from the diaphragm and not from the face muscles, not a bow or a clicked pair of heels, not a woman s European smile, gleaming on and off like an electric sign I didn t even know that there s a miniseries based on the book, but I don t think I ll be rushing to see it anytime soon

  10. says:

    The cover says. Grand..Grandiose..Compelling and I must agree wholeheartedly I just finished this huge classic wonderful piece of engrossing fiction based on the beginning of WWII history It begins in 1939 Vicariously through a military family named the Henry s, we getthan a birds eye view of how things manifested In this book, I swear, every page you feel as though you must have taken a trip back in time I chose this book because I m quite attracted to WWII fiction but I wanted t The cover says. Grand..Grandiose..Compelling and I must agree wholeheartedly I just finished this huge classic wonderful piece of engrossing fiction based on the beginning of WWII history It begins in 1939 Vicariously through a military family named the Henry s, we getthan a birds eye view of how things manifested In this book, I swear, every page you feel as though you must have taken a trip back in time I chose this book because I m quite attracted to WWII fiction but I wanted to read something where someone tells me why What was it like before How did it get to the point of war and why I know it was Europe Pacific but how and why This book tackles all of my curious questions all rolled up into a family saga with romance, adventure, countless facts and irresistible story What can I say It was over a thousand pages There is too much to say But I enjoyed every bit of it I learned so much It made me evenintrigued and caused me to do online historical research Whatcan be asked for when it comes to Historical Fiction To be entertained and learn at the same time is everything I love about this genre I have the second book and look forward to starting it soon This book stops at 1941 as the Henry s and the United States get into the war I look forward to the second book to learnabout my country s involvement and the Henry s in the war I give this 6 stars Pretty close to perfect for me I will readbooks by this author He is definitely to be heralded for such a saga, such a large successful work I do recommend this to real Historical Fiction lovers and those who are willing to give some time to its 1047 pages..but you won t be sorry for devoting the time I m going to be jumping back in soon

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