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"The Winds of War" is the longest book I have ever read. I must admit, I was tempted to put it aside, I glad I didn't. It turned out to be an extremely exciting book. Wouk gives a realistic picture of Europe before World War II and the struggles of a military family. I highly recommend it.
This is historical fiction at its finest. Even if you think you know all there is to know about World War II and its impact on American families living in the United States and abroad, think again and read this book. The Winds of War is to World War II what Gone With the Wind is to the Civil War. It expertly blends the history of the war itself with a family saga full of love, lust, disappointment and triumph. This book, however, strikes an even better balance and there is lots more political history. I would also recommend checking out the 1983 miniseries of the book which can be watched instantly on NetFlix. I actually watched as I read and found that the miniseries was a very true adaptation of the novel. Herman Wouk himself wrote the teleplay. On a final note, be warned. The Winds of War ends with lots of question marks making it nearly impossible not to reach for War and Remembrance next.
The signature novel of World War Two. I read it thirty years ago- very powerful stuff. You youngsters out there have not experienced a world war. (Thank you Lord.) You should read this book uncritically- this is the way it really was.