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The Winds of War (1971)

by Herman Wouk

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I was first prompted to read this book as a teenager after being fascinated by seeing bits of the miniseries War & Remembrance. The story kept my attention with the fascinating characters and historic background. On the first reading the Von Roon 'authored' sections dragged a bit, but I enjoyed them more when reading the book again later. A good book for giving a feel for the scale and scope of World War II. ( )
  bevok | Jul 31, 2017 |
A novel that transmitted directly to the screen. A battleship commander has familial difficulties. his relatives are dispersed across the usual areas to portray some of the horrors of the conflict. Concocted rather than written, there's no emotion. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Apr 14, 2017 |
5* for this audiobook edition; 4½* for the book ( )
  leslie.98 | Feb 18, 2017 |
Fictional account of the lead up to WWII in Europe ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 10, 2017 |
Ciao Amarillide,
Sono anch'io appassionato di storia della II guerra mondiale. Il libro mi e' piaciuto per avere saputo intrecciare personaggi fittizi, in una ricostruzione storica abbastanza accurata e verosimile, dando cosi' spessore umano agli avvenimenti.

Qualche liberta' che l'autore si e' preso (penso), e' sui mezzi di trasporto aereo che vede qualche personaggio, facilmente trasvolare tra varie capitali europee. Questo ha facilitato e abbreviato il racconto, ma e' improbabile o non veritiero.
Per esempio, l'Alitalia che viene menzionata nel libro, non esisteva e fu fondata solo dopo la guerra, il 16 settember 1946.
A parte questo, altri riferimenti sono abbastanza accurati per dare un'idea complessiva di quel periodo storico a chi non puo' dedicare piu' tempo ad approfondire le conoscenze su questa colossale vicenda di guerra.
Gino ( )
  Qosmik | Apr 8, 2016 |
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With love to my sons, Nathaniel and Joseph
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Commander Victor Henry rode a taxicab home from the Navy Building on Constitution Avenue. in a gusty gray March rainstorm that matched his mood.
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This work represents the complete novel Winds of War, and only this novel.

Winds of War is published in both single-volume and--especially in foreign translation--multi-volume editions, as well in sets together with War and Remembrance. Please do not combine this work with individual volumes of a multi-volume edition of the novel, nor with sets that include War and Rembrance. Thanks!
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Wereldbrand is the Dutch edition of The Winds of War.
Der Feuersturm is the German edition of The Winds of War.
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A Masterpiece of Historical Fiction-The Great Novel of America's "Greatest Generation" Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events-and 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.

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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.… (more)

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