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War and Remembrance (The Henry Family #2)

4.38  ·  Rating Details ·  26,915 Ratings  ·  640 Reviews
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 ti
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Paperback, 1056 pages
Published February 5th 2002 by Back Bay Books (first published 1978)
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Debbie
Mar 01, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1382 PAGES COMPLETE!

Let 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 up.

"The 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 backd
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Matthew Klobucher
Mar 03, 2007 Matthew Klobucher rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
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 concentrated more heavily (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
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John Nevola
Nov 06, 2011 John Nevola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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 much more enjoyable.

The second reason is to be sure you like how Herman Wouk writes and treats h
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Amy
Mar 01, 2007 Amy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of a long long novel
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 ...more
Laura
Jul 14, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Misfit, Jeannette
Recommended to Laura by: Wanda
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
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David
Apr 22, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy good long books
I liked Winds of War and I loved reading War and Remembrance. This is a historically accurate book describing WWII from Pearl Harbor until the wars conclusion. It continues the characters and theme of Winds of War with Pug Henry as the primary character who manages to put himself in many of the critical decision meetings and actions for both the Pacific and the European theatres. The action, details and perspectives presented regarding the Doolittle raid, Midway, Guadalcanal and the Battle of Le ...more
Mike Frost
Feb 21, 2009 Mike Frost rated it it was amazing
I came across this book from my youth at a flea-market down the street on a walk with my daughter, and despite the fact that it is the second in the series, I had the impulse to snatch it up to see if I would enjoy it as much as I had in junior high. It turns out that I did.

Historical fiction, when written well, has a way of creating lasting memories of important events in a way that no text book can. For anyone interested in World War II, especially the war in the Pacific, this is a great place
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Mary
Jul 30, 2007 Mary rated it liked it
Wouk's earlier THE WINDS OF WAR was a book I tore through, but this sequel I found a bit slower. Still worth reading, though, especially if you've read the first. (It's been so long since I've read either that I can't comment on whether reading WAR AND REMEMBRANCE stands on its own, whether a reader will like it on its own merits, not as a fond "remembrance."
The television miniseries of both books, especially of WINDS OF WAR, are both quite good. I'd say it was close in quality to RICH MAN, PO
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Amy
Feb 26, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to pick up War and Remembrance after I finished Winds of War. The disappointment of not having closure at the end of the first book left me feeling slightly burned. I knew the second half was gong to be just as long and treacherous a tale, and did not feel like I had to courage to start it.

6 months later, I finally decided to take the plunge. And wow, what a wild ride. For some reason, I was much more absorbed in War and Remembrance than I ever was during Winds of War. Perhap
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Daniel
Jun 01, 2011 Daniel rated it really liked it
This wasn't supposed to be my Holocaust spring. Who needs such a thing? But Bloodlands was on hold for months and months; I finally got it. War and Remembrance was on my cousin's bookshelf, an old mass-market paperback, 1400 pages of pure pulp that I'd promised to read if an easy opportunity arose. By the end my head was filled with battleships and cattle-cars and the sheer brutality of the 20th century; it left me feeling edgy and tearful.

Herman Wouk is an interesting writer, mixing history, re
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Brittany
Jun 26, 2009 Brittany rated it it was amazing
War and Remembrance picks up where WThe Winds of War left off. I suppose you could read them separately, but I don't know why you'd want to. It is a lot of pages to read, but they're all so absorbing that you don't realize you've read almost 2,000 pages until you're done.

If anything, WWar and Remembrance is even grimmer than The Winds of War. Mainly, for me, because more of the story happens in and around the concentration camps. One description was so detailed and vivid that it actually upset
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Jeff
Jul 14, 2013 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Like its predecessor, The Winds of War, this book is a must read. A great book overall and the two book series is highly interesting. My only negative criticism concerns the amount of time spent during the middle of the book, which covers late 1942 and early 1943. Probably too much detail. Then, there is not a whole lot of time devoted to the last 14 months of the war -- as if Herman Wouk wanted to rush the ending. I would have balanced it out a little more. This criticism is a tale wagging the ...more
JoAnne Pulcino
GOLDEN OLDIE

WAR AND REMEMBERANCE VOL.II

Herman Wouk

This is to repair an oversight on my reviews. I reviewed THE WINDS OF WAR and did not include the second volume.

The continued saga of the Henry family through the horrors of war and the beauty of love is enchanting.

Herman Wouk is an author I will treasure forever.

There was also a mini TV series of both books which was very well done, and managed to capture a lot of the heart of the novels.
Sarah
Jul 06, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Well I read The Winds of War (Book 1) (which is huge), I did enjoy it, but this one is even longer. I kept losing the thread of the story and having to re-read bits. I could persevere but it would take ages and I'm afraid my To Read pile is calling to me. No offence Mr Wouk.
Heather Harris
Jun 03, 2012 Heather Harris rated it it was amazing
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Z-squared
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 ...more
Scott Axsom
Mar 25, 2012 Scott Axsom rated it it was amazing
"War and Remembrance" is the second half of Wouk’s magnum opus, the first half of which is "The Winds of War". The two novels are, on the surface, a 2000 page tome split into two 1000 page halves, but that description doesn’t begin to do justice to the immense difference between the two. "The Winds of War" is about the run-up to WWII where "War and Remembrance" is about the war itself and the two flow seamlessly, chronologically together. "War and Remembrance" took Wouk 16 years to write (’62-’7 ...more
Nicole
May 12, 2010 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Nicole by: book club
Wow. Where to begin with my review of this book? I really enjoyed i t, like I did the first one. However, this one was much harder to read because it dealt with Auschwitz and the Holocaust. It took me a long time to read those parts because it wasn't something I just wanted to pick up and read when I had a chance to late at night (that and the other books for book club I had to read while trying to get through all 1300+ pages of this one!!). I didn't really want pictures of those horrors in my m ...more
Erin
Mar 08, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing
In starting War and Remembrance I read through the prologue where the author explains that this is the second book in a set, but the first (The Winds of War) isn't a necessary read to follow this story. I wish that had been included in the prologue of The Winds of War. I didn't thoroughly enjoy The Winds of War and it put me off starting War and Remembrance. Luckily, I am not one to leave a series hanging; War and Remembrance was heartbreakingly genius.

I have read many novels set during the WWI
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LemonLinda
Aug 02, 2010 LemonLinda rated it it was amazing
The world watched while the destruction that was Hitler ravaged Europe and was joined by the imperialist aims of Japan to rule the Pacific and beyond. Herman Wouk in this one book captures the essence of this time period giving us a comprehensive view of the full story beginning with the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. We see American's brave young men in air, sea and submarine battles, diplomacy at the highest levels, the urgency of the Jewish situation throughout Europe, etc. all though the eyes of ...more
Meade
Jan 11, 2012 Meade rated it it was amazing
Together with The Winds of War, this book is phenomenal. Epic in scale, eloquently detailed, impassioned in all of the plot lines. I've had the books since shortly after they came out in the 70's, but read them on a Kindle. The Kindle version had scanning errors, but not too wild to miss the intended words. That's minor...the books are accurate historically with the fictional main characters interacting at times with historical characters such as FDR, Hitler, Stalin, Nimitz, Halsey and Spruance ...more
Julia
Feb 08, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent continuation of the story of the Henry family started in The Winds of War. This book focuses more on the Holocaust as Natalie and Aaron find themselves interned in Italy and then Germany as the war continues.

I found the narrative voice to sometimes be intrusive. There were paragraphs and sections with judgements about historical figures or battles which were introduced by an omniscient voice. (view spoiler)
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Owen
Jul 16, 2012 Owen rated it it was amazing
This is the second of two books relating the history of the Henry family as they make their various ways through the Second World War. The main character, Victor `Pug' Henry, is an American naval captain who is called upon to act in an unofficial capacity for the President, and who therefore sees the war from an extraordinary angle. Such a device creates the potential for marvellous fiction and Wouk does not let us down.

Who knows what makes a writer write just such a story, and no other. Who can
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Sandra
Feb 17, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I read this years ago, of course, and was interested to see how it held up. Well, it was a mix. On the one hand, the stories involving the Henry family were fascinating. On the other hand, the detailed battle accounts and wanderings into history were mostly boring and largely detracted from the impetus of the tale. The final insult was at the end when Wouk intrudes himself into the story by telling us that these are fictional characters, thus completely destroying a fine poignant moment. Jeeze! ...more
Sullyfitz
Jun 25, 2012 Sullyfitz rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
I initially read this book when I was in my early 20's and have just finished listening to the audio version of this epic historical fiction... it is the sequel to Winds of War and gives three accounts of world war II... as a narrative, through the family of the fictitious Navy captain Victor Henry, and by the fictitious Nazi army general von Roon. Meticulously researched it is a compelling (albeit somewhat long!) and accurate journey through all aspects of the war... Nazi germany, the pacific t ...more
Jennifer
Jul 24, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
I enjoyed following the Henry family and their friends through their experiences during World War II. It's a very long novel that intersperses personal drama with political and historical drama. The historical parts interested me the most. Wouk took great care in accurately depicting the historical facts as they were understood at the time he wrote the book. It felt like the book ended a bit abruptly - which is odd to say, perhaps, considering what a long novel it is. It kind of felt like Wouk d ...more
Jeremiah Frick
Oct 18, 2012 Jeremiah Frick rated it it was amazing
War and Remembrance completes Wouk's epic series on World War 2 centered around the lives of the Henry family, a family as torn asunder by the war as the world was at the time, it seems.

It is hard to express just how great this book and its predecessor, The Winds of War truly are. They are emotionally poignant, historically accurate and detailed, and thoroughly engrossing. The novels are truly fantastic, which is why I have included them on my best-of-the-best list (as a series).

As we approach 7
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Michael Fox
Sep 14, 2016 Michael Fox rated it really liked it
War and Remembrance is book two of Hermoan Wouk's WWII classic, The Henery Family Chronicles. The first book in this series dealt with the Nazi party's rise to control in the pre-WWII years. This second book addresses the war years and the many atrocities committed during that dark time.

As with the first book, Wouk's telling of the tale is masterful and accurate. He wove his fictional tale around unaltered facts of the multi-front war, shifting perspective from one nation to another.

At one poin
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Esther
Apr 28, 2013 Esther rated it it was amazing
Kept thinking how could two huge books hold my attention for so long but they did. True that you can read the second one without readibg the first one but please read the first one , The Winds of War, also if you can before reading War and Remembrance. I have read so many books during my lifetime but dont remember them effecting me like this. Of course being a Jew, but being born 20 years after the war, I was always so curious and obsessed with the plight of the Jews so I read many books specifi ...more
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Herman Wouk is 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 Remembrance.

Herman 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
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“In the glare, the great and terrible light of this happening, God seems to signal that the story of the rest of us need not end, and that the new light can prove a troubled dawn.

For the rest of us, perhaps. Not for the dead, not for the more than fifty million real dead in the world's worst catastrophe: victors and vanquished, combatants and civilians, people of so many nations, men, women, and children, all cut down. For them there can be no new earthly dawn. Yet thought their bones like in the darkness of the grave, they will not have died in vain, if their remembrance can lead us from the long, long time of war to the time for peace.”
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