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War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk
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I am very glad that I read (listened to) this sequel to The Winds of War but it didn't quite pack the same punch. I suspect that part of the problem is it is soooo long; even though my attention only flagged once (when the list of people in the Midway battle was given), it was a bit wearing.

Kevin Pariseau was terrific and I am happy that I chose to experience these books in audiobook format. ( )
  leslie.98 | Feb 26, 2017 |
Follow up to the Winds of War ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 10, 2017 |
Historical fiction ( )
  ramrak | Nov 5, 2016 |
War and Remembrance and Winds of War cover about 8 years from 1938 to 1945. They are almost equally split 4 years apiece with the second volume starting in early 1942. They are so long and full of incident one feels having lived through those 8 years. The second volume is when the war action picks up and the earlier character and world building pay off. The history is accurate, but at times distorted to fit needs of the novel. For example the Leyte Gulf scene plays heavily on Halsey's "decision" as strategically decisive, when in fact it really didn't matter due to American superiority of material strength - Japan was going to loose no matter how many tactical mistakes the US made, and this was a small mistake. His description of Midway was masterful though he missed an opportunity to show the code breaking which made it possible and was just as dramatic close-run thing. Of course the heart of the book is the Jewish perspective and that was well done, 1978 was only 30 some years from the event. 1978 was also the same year the TV mini-series The Holocaust came out which was the first time many Americans were exposed to a dramatization of the Holocaust, indeed really came to understand what happened in detail.

I read both these though the audio narration by Kevin Pariseau about 100 hours total - audio is a funny thing because the narrator can ruin a book, be a neutral influence, or enhance it. Pariseau's brilliant acting - an art form of its own for audiobooks - brings the characters alive in a way reading would not, he adds an extra dimension that improves on the original. ( )
  Stbalbach | Apr 1, 2016 |
Sequel to _The Winds of War_ in which we get a bird's-eye view of all the goings on from a few well-placed characters. Succeeds in providing a very human face to the war (ww2). ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
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In Remembrance
Abraham Isaac Wouk
"Abe"
firstborn son of
Betty Sarah and Herman Wouk
September 2, 1946 - July 27, 1951

He will destroy death forever.
Isaiah 25
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A liberty boat full of sleep hung-over sailors came clanging alongside the U.S.S. Northhampton, and a stocky captain in dress whites jumped out to the accommodation ladder.
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This work represents the complete novel War and Remembrance, and only this novel.

War and Remembrance is published in both single-volume and--especially in foreign translation--multi-volume editions, as well in sets together with The Winds of War. Please do not combine this work with individual volumes of a multi-volume edition of the novel, nor with sets that include The Winds of War. Thanks!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316954993, Paperback)

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 maelstrom.

The 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:02:46 -0400)

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A sequel to "The Winds of War," following the lives of members of the American Henry family as they deal with the triumphs and tragedies of life during the World War II years.

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