War and Remembrance



❦ War and Remembrance free download ➜ Author Herman Wouk – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 maelstromThe multimillion copy best 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 maelstromThe 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.War and Remembrance

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 , where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity and studied under philosopher Irwin Edman Soon War and PDF/EPUB or 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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  • 1042 pages
  • War and Remembrance
  • Herman Wouk
  • English
  • 11 July 2018
  • 0316954993

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  1. says:

    W hat a target, that mess of airplanes on the Japanese aircraft carrier rushing up at him now in the telescopic sight, so clear that he could see white numbers on the fuselages No other this yet he d go Now his heart was racing, his mouth was parched, and his ears seemed about to burst He yanked the bomb release, felt the jolt of lightness as the missile flew clear, remembered to keep going to make sure he didn t throw the bomb, and he pulled up His body sagged to the seat, his head swam, W hat a target, that mess of airplanes on the Japanese aircraft carrier rushing up at him now in the telescopic sight, so clear that he could see white numbers on the fuselages No other this yet he d go Now his heart was racing, his mouth was parched, and his ears seemed about to burst He yanked the bomb release, felt the jolt of lightness as the missile flew clear, remembered to keep going to make sure he didn t throw the bomb, and he pulled up His body sagged to the seat, his head swam, his stomach seemed to plop against his backbone, the gray mist came and went he kicked the plane s tail and glanced backward A sheet of white fire was climbing out of those airplanes, billowing black smoke and even as he looked, the fire spread and exploded along the deck and arched into the air in beautiful colors, red, yellow, purple, pink, with varicolored smoke towering into the sky What a terrific change in a second or two Debris was flying in every direction, pieces of airplanes, pieces of the deck, whole human bodies tumbling upward like tossed rag dolls what a horrible unbelievable magnificent sight The whole wild holocaust of fire and smoke went roaring skyward and streaming astern, for the stricken carrier was still rushing at full speed into the wind Herman Wouk, War and Remembrance He will destroy death forever The Book of Isaiah 25 8How do you follow up an epic masterpiece like The Wind of War For Herman Wouk, the solution is rather easy Write an even better book In The Winds of War, Wouk told the story of the world s descent into World War II through dozens of characters, most of them centered around the American Naval family of Victor Pug Henry By the end of that brick sized tome, Wouk had arranged all his pieces on a global chessboard, leaving the actual war itself for the sequel In War and Remembrance, Wouk plunges all those characters into the maelstrom, where some will live, some will die, and all will be changed forever Pug, the hub of the wheel, serves as the commander of a heavy cruiser, then is sent to the U.S.S.R to analyze Lend Lease, and later finds himself at the Teheran Conference One of his sons, Warren, is a naval aviator, who participates in the tide turning battle of Midway Meanwhile, his other son, Byron, serves on several different submarines while desperately trying to secure the safety of his wife, Natalie, a Jew caught on a Continent that has been swallowed by Hitler Natalie, along with her uncle, Aaron Jastrow, serve as twin Virgils, leading us into the twisted machinery of the Holocaust As in the first book, Wouk uses the device of book excerpts from a fictional book World Holocaust written by a fictional German general Armin von Roon and translated by the also fictional Pug Henry In The Winds of War, I found these sections distracting, serving mainly to keep me from the storylines I cared about Here, however, I started to see the utility Anyone who has ever read historical fiction knows how groaningly bad the expositional dialogue between characters can get It is difficult to tell a propulsive human story while also smoothly providing the real life context in which things are taking place Wouk solves this problem in typically blunt fashion by interspersing the narrative with periodic lectures on the progress of worldwide events It is not necessarily an elegant solution, but these sections do a lot of heavy lifting, which allows the characters to focus on their individual experiences, without having to explain them to the audience Perhaps the oddest thing about these excerpts, though, is that Wouk chooses a German to deliver them The result is a jarring pro Wehrmacht point of view, in which Hitler s greatest sin is stupidity coupled with overzealousness, and in which most Germans were good and honorable It is a perspective, unfortunately, that seems to be gaining traction on the fringes of society today, and it is a strange authorial choice on Wouk s part Of course, everything that von Roon writes is belied by the events happening elsewhere in the novel It s as though Wouk is attempting to work a very subtle meta critique of the Good German theory of World War II If so, I think Wouk was too clever by half One of the things I noted about The Winds of War is its somewhat incongruous marriage of low, soap operatic drama, with its high minded historic verisimilitude That marriage continues in this follow up, making it one of the few marriages to survive a Herman Wouk novel Pug continues his romance of the Englishwoman Pamela Tudsbury Meanwhile, his estranged wife Rhoda moves from affair to affair, though giving her whole heart mainly to alcohol Madeline Henry, Pug s daughter, cannot necessarily carry on the family tradition of joining the Navy she can, however, have her own affair, this time with radio personality Hugh Cleveland The strange thing about all these couplings and uncouplings is how chaste they are There is very little cursing or kissing and we are firmly in PG rated territory.Wouk s descriptions of war and suffering, on the other hand, are extremely grim While the violence is not as graphic or gratuitous as what you might find inmodern publications, War and Remembrance is harrowing in its depiction of a world convulsed by hatred Wouk has an incredible and vivid sense of place In The Winds of War, we visited prewar Europe, and saw places that were on the verge of cataclysmic transformation In War and Remembrance, we see the end results For instance, Pug visits a post siege Stalingrad From the air, the approaches to Stalingrad were a moonscape Giant bomb craters, pustular rings by the thousands, scarred a snowy earth littered with machines Stalingrad itself, straggling along a black broad river flecked with floating ice, had the roofless broke look of a dug up ancient city.Wouk is expansive enough to acknowledge that the Germans and the Japanese, for all the horrors they inflicted, did not have monopoly rights on cruelty There is a scene with Byron, for instance, witnessing his submarine commander order the massacre of Japanese castaways On the instant every gun barrel on the Moray was spitting yellow fire and white smoke The Japanese were leaping frantically off the boats and rafts The four inch gun was methodically picking off boats, and at this point blank range they were flying apart one by one Soon the rafts and launches were empty, the troops were all in the water, and some were shucking their life jackets to dive deep Machine gun bullets were drilling rows of white spurts in the water Byron saw heads bursting redly open like dropped melons.Nothing compares, however, to Wouk s descriptions of the Holocaust He takes us deep into the camps, right into the gas chambers themselves Few works of fiction have gone this far, have been this precise in imagining the unimaginable It is unforgettable War and Remembrance seldom gets mentioned in short lists of the greatest war novels of all time, or even great World War II novels It lacks the polemical force and easily graspable antiwar message of All Quiet on the Western Front It does not have the absurdities and cynicism that mark critical favorites such as Catch 22 and The Naked and the Dead Rather, War and Remembrance is doggedly straightforward and old fashioned in its celebration of military service and patriotism though Wouk, as he showed with The Caine Mutiny, is not shy about critiquing the moribund bureaucracy and systemic inefficiencies built into every service branch These 1,000 plus pages can barely contain Wouk s vast ambitions While many of the plot mechanics center on characters making questionable romantic choices, Wouk s overarching intent is to capture the essence of the World War II experience in all its forms It is an attempt at swallowing the world, and Wouk gives it his all Many of his techniques are about as subtle as a sledgehammer striking a bell one character s death, for instance, is intercut with King David s lament for the death of his son Absalom These techniques are also incredibly effective, with real emotional resonance When Wouk reminds you that his characters are not real, it is a bit jarring, because they certainly feel real view spoiler The description of that character s death one of the sons of Pug Henry is given added poignancy due to the fact that Wouk dedicated this novel to his son, Abraham, who drowned when he was five years old Wouk lived for another 68 years after his son s death Indeed, he died just short of 104 years old Yet, in the rare interviews he granted, it was apparent the pain of that moment never left him He could barely speak of it, even after decades had passed, even after the point when his son had he been granted a longer life would have been an old man himself The straight to the veins injection of Wouk s pain into War and Remembrance really takes this book to a different level It is a reminder that the vast, impersonal forces of history are a patchwork of extremely personal, intimate moments hide spoiler Wouk intended War and Remembrance to be a monument That objective is built into the title He succeeds dramatically Yet this is not a memorial of marble or bronze, but of collective experiences Somehow, it feelsenduring than any statue or cenotaph.Herman Wouk never received the acclaim he deserved, his Pulitzer notwithstanding That does not matter to me For my money, you can keep War and Peace, because this might be the great war epic of all time

  2. says:

    1382 PAGES COMPLETELet 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 upThe 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 bac 1382 PAGES COMPLETELet 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 upThe 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 backdrop against which the invented drama would play That is exactly what this author delivered I started this journey with Herman Wouk asking the question What was WWII about He gave the settings and the mechanics so to speak in Winds of War but War and Remembrance was a masterpiece There was a depth that completely surpassed the first book It wasthorough, gripping and at times raw I asked a question and this author told so much And though it was very lengthy and I at times felt weary with the undertaking of the comprehension of such a piece, I asked, I was curious, I wanted to comprehend and I asked for it Although my curiosity isthan satiated and I comprehended the story and the information given I must say I will never and refuse to accept explanation for some things This is a good book and I m glad I took the time to take it on 6 stars It s an undertaking but I do recommend it to all who want to take it on and for those who really want to try to understand a lotabout WWII the Pacific, the European front and the Holocaust It s not the only account or view but it is a pretty broad one Personal note Years ago working in admissions in the Cancer center of a local hospital I registered a man who had a number tattooed on his thick gray hairy arms I remember behaving with the utmost professionalism but not being able to to stop myself from stealing glances at it I knew generally what it meant For his being admitted for a Cancer treatment he smiled, laughed and joked with me a lot At the end of the registration as I placed an admissions bracelet on this exact wrist he said, Deb I survived this tattoo, I ll beat this Cancer don t you worry I don t remember my response now I don t remember seeing him again while I worked there But as I read this book, I wonderedabout the nice man with the numbers on his arm I hoped he survived twice Just something I remembered shared here.

  3. says:

    This review covers both books in this story of World War II, The Winds of War and War 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 goodnes This review covers both books in this story of World War II, The Winds of War and War 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 and evil to document the human ability to strive, to suffer, to hurt, and to love and to show the final virtue in individual goodness I sometimes feel like placid, comfortable lives tend to obscure humanity there is no need for greatness and no opportunity This is also dealt with in the story, for though the events of this story take place during a world war, a relatively small part of the book takes place during actual combat All in all, this is a masterful work, equally attractive to those who enjoy romance and those who enjoy battle In my mind it stands with War and Peace as one of the greatest novels of all time

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    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 concentratedheavily 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 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 concentratedheavily 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 the characters were annoying, and by turns predictable or infuriating for example no details here to avoid a spoiler, but one of our female protagonists makes such incomprehensible decisions it came very close to winning the book a flight out the window it was however a library book so I couldn t fling it Slight Spoiler Below Line view spoiler The Jewish young lady manages to get trapped inside Nazi Germany and set up her emotional adultery as her American love serves on a submarine in the war.If I want a soap opera I can watch TV Sonot great hide spoiler

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    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 muchenjoyable The second reason is to be sure you like how Herman Wouk writes and treats h 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 muchenjoyable The second reason is to be sure you like how Herman Wouk writes and treats history Most people do but if you re one of those ultra picky readers, you may find his canvas too broad, his characters too perfect and his treatment of historical figures too narrow If that s the case, you need not waste your time reading the second book.For me, however, Wouk is a master storyteller and these two books are fantastic They deal with a period of history that is my passion and I certainly tip my hat to Wouk for his thoughtful and thorough research For wonderful thought provoking entertainment and a history lesson all rolled into one, these two books are the best you can get John E NevolaAuthor of The Last Jump A Novel of World War II

  6. says:

    Quite brilliant and at times unforgettable.

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    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 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 aren t sure, some are fighting, some are waiting, some are suffering, some are stuck in Europe, some are in love, some are out of love, some are cheating, some are faithful till the end, some are hunted, some are hunting I could go on This mass market paperback I found in a used bookstore was like 1400 pages So be prepared for that The regular paperback is probably 900 100o pages So worth it

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    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 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 author performed a great research work on the scenes in Oswiecim or Auschwitz.A TV series War and Remembrance 1988 was made based on this book.5 Winds of War5 War and RemembranceTBR The Caine MutinyTBR The HopeTBR The Glory

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    After I read the book that preceded this one, I immediately started this one I liked this one as much as the first one That kind of surprises me Both of these books get into detailed war scenes which isn t particularly my thing, but I loved the history of this The author covered the historical facts and details He wove that into the story of the Henry family The family drama was also as captivating as it was with the first one It felt like real life problems because it wasn t all perfect After I read the book that preceded this one, I immediately started this one I liked this one as much as the first one That kind of surprises me Both of these books get into detailed war scenes which isn t particularly my thing, but I loved the history of this The author covered the historical facts and details He wove that into the story of the Henry family The family drama was also as captivating as it was with the first one It felt like real life problems because it wasn t all perfect But I do have one complaint The women were all incredibly similar.domineering, bossy, and liberal While I don t have a problem with any of those things, it was a little monotonous at times However, still 4 stars

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    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 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 got to the end, I wasn t honestly sure whether I wanted to listen to the sequel Impulsively, I went ahead with the purchase, as much because Audible credits make it a good bargain as from any desire to continue the story.War and Remembrance didn t really improve on the experience of its predecessor I still enjoyed the sweeping nature of the narrative, the way characters were conveniently flung to the far corners of the world to give the listener an intimate view of mind bogglingly epic events I also felt like I got a good education in parts of WWII that were skimmed over or skipped entirely in history class, such as the Paradise Ghetto, the Tehran talks, and the battle of Leyte Gulf I even enjoyed the long winded digressions of the fictional German General Armin von Roon But I found the writing itself to be jarring at times, particularly the wavering between limited and omniscient third person viewpoints The inclusion of occasional flowery, essay like passages on the war direct from the author also bugged me I don t like my opinions spoon fed to me, I d rather have characters and plots speak for themselves It was also very, very clear that the author was writing in the 60s 70s, and some of Wouk sdour elegiacs weren t nearly as prescient as he likely thought they were The big downside for me, which will keep me from ultimately recommending this book and its prequel to anyone, is how difficult it is to root for any of these characters Terrible things happen to most of them, and almost all of them bring it all on themselves The women in particular tend to be vain, vapid, and stupid The men don t always cover themselves in glory either even Victor Henry, the paragon of virtue, tends to wallow in indecision at key moments I slogged through nearly 100 hours of narrative with the hope that at least some of these characters would redeem themselves by the end, but for the most part, I was disappointed Towards the end, it seemed like Wouk himself started feeling like it was a slog, too The narrative seemed to speed up, as if Wouk was eliding important character driven moments and skimming through the last year of the war in the hopes of just finishing the damned thing before being buried alive by it I guess I m glad I read it, but I kind of feel like I want 100 hours of my life back, too

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