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The Hope (The Hope and the Glory #1)

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Herman Wouk is one of this century's great historical novelists, whose peerless talent for capturing the human drama of landmark world events has earned him worldwide acclaim. In The Hope, his long-awaited return to historical fiction, he turns to one of the most thrilling stories of our time - the saga of Israel. In the grand, epic style of The Winds of War and War and Re ...more
Paperback, 704 pages
Published June 3rd 2002 by Back Bay Books (first published 1993)
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This is definitely the best book I've read for a while. It is an outstanding depiction of the early years of the Jewish state, the wars they fought, and an interesting story about some of the real characters as well as fictional characters who were involved.
I've always enjoyed this author's work, but this may be his best effort.
"The Hope" and "The Glory" are my alltime favorite books. I have read them at least once a year for the last 15 years.

Wouk tells a very gripping story of war, hope, friendship and love in a tale that spans decades. In an approach known from "Winds of War" and "War and Rememberance" he lets his fictional protagonists intermingle closely with historical events and real characters - without detouring too much from history as it really unfolded.

His characters are very well portrayed and nicely work
I think Wouk is always worth reading, even if, as in the case, the book is not up to his usual standard. What bugged me in particular with this book is the Barak/Emily relationship, which seemed to me a pallid copy of Pug/Pamela from "Winds of War/War and Remembrance."
This is the first book of the saga "The Hope and the Glory".

This book covers the history of Israel, starting from the 1948 War of Independence, covering the Suez crisis and the Six-Day War of 1967.

Through the main characters, such as Zev Barak and Joseph Blumenthal (nicknamed "Don Kishote"), the author portrays several real-life Israeli leaders: David Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir, Mickey Marcus, Yigael Yadin, Ariel Sharon, Motta Gur, among others.

Even if it's a novel of fiction, the entwi
Tema Merback
It is no surprise, Herman Wouk is a master storyteller, and in The Hope he delivers. This historical novel that encompasses the fight to establish Israel in 1948 to hold on to it during the Six-day War in 1968 is told through the eyes of fictional characters who are as different in background and share nearly nothing in common. The one thing that binds them together is their willingness to live and die in order to establish a country that they can call their own. Wouk has deftly woven his charac ...more
I expectedto enjoy this book, and I expected to learn from it. I was totally surprised by just how much I did both At first I wanted to say that this was the perfect time to be reading this, given the current situation where Isreal is attacked and then condemned for defending herself. But of course that is the constant state in which Isreal lives, now and since 1948. Herman Wouk did a masterful job of bringing the country and it's people to life and did so honestly and fairly. This is one of tho ...more
As was my intent, I learned so much by reading this novel, which takes place in Israel between 1948 and 1967; the birht of the country and the amazing six day War with the Egyptions and by default the rest of the world.

I came to understand some Jewish traditions and the difference in looking at international affairs from the perspective of such a small country.

Wouk is such a good storyteller.
D. Ennis
just finished this and The Glory. Combined, I'd say they constitute the best reading experience I've ever had. I am sad that I am done.
Perry Whitford
Jul 23, 2013 Perry Whitford rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Israeli scholars.
The Hope is an historical drama, painted in fairly broad brush-strokes, charting the days immediately following Ben Gurion's proclamation of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948 after the British withdrawal and continuing up to the astonishing military successes of the Six Day War.
Gurion is himself a character -paunchy and punchy, fierce yet flawed- but the narrative centres around a trio of fictional surrogates whose collective ubiquity enables Wouk to give first hand accounts of all the ambassa
Ben Dummitt
I'd recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning the history of Israel. Like Wouk's fantastic 'Winds of War' and 'War and Remembrance' this is the first of a two part piece of historical fiction which couples an entertaining story with a good deal of well researched information. My only complaint is that the blueprint to this story is just a little too similar to those other books. The main character could almost be the same person down to his career path and romantic entanglements. I ...more
Without the Elizabethtown library passport program, I would never have know of Herman Wouk, nor read this excellent novel. It got long near the end (It is 668 pages.) with descriptions of battle after battle and political debate after debate, but it is, after all, the story of the nation of Israel, and even these descriptions were engaging. I wouldn't choose to read about illicit (and not-so-secret) affairs, but these were (sadly) palatable in their context. Wouk did an excellent job of keeping ...more
Mesmerised. I have been mesmerised thru all the four books I have read so far from Herman Wouk. Thank you goodreads for these amazing recommendations.
Israel's independence happened about 20 years before I was born and I had an idea thru other books and movies of what happened but never thought a book could take me so deep into their wars and their struggles. As big as the books are I feel a sadness when I finish them and have to let go of the characters. Herman Wouk portrays them so well that th
This is a great book for learning the history of modern day Israel in its earliest years. Overcoming overwhelming odds against survival, those in positions of authority in government and the military hardly blink when doing what they must. In light of the Holocaust these Israeli Jews have a determination that as a country, as a religion and as a culture they will always have their own place. They are the best because they believe they have no choice.

The stories behind the characters are constan
Frederick J
The Hope is an historical novel about the birth of Israel in 1948 through to the Six-Day War in 1967. I don’t believe that this was as good as some of Wouk’s other novels. Or perhaps none of them are especially brilliant—merely interesting—and I am only realizing it now.

I find the use of fictional characters’ seemingly inevitable infidelity as a device to move the novel forward tedious, predictable, and obnoxious. To my mind it cheapens and weakens the historical drama already inherent in Israel
Bill Shuey
Actually this is not the book that I read. The title of the Herman Wouk book that I have just finished is titled simply - The Hope and was written in 1993.

This book is an excellent recounting of the struggle for survival of the infant Jewish state in Palestine. If one likes history, and Jewish history in particular, one will love this book.

The characters are a mixture of historical persons and fictitious people who figure in the historical story-lines. The historical accounts are factual as far
Klaus Schirmer
Great read - one could be forgiven for mistaking Herman Wouk for Leon Uris and vica versa. The characters - Zev Barak, Sam Paternak, Benny Luria, Don Kishote - are so real you can touch them. As with Leon Uris and Exodus, Herman Wouk takes the reader through the formative years of Israel and beyond.
What Herman Wouk has, in my opinion, managed to remain neutral in expressing his views, which, considering the subject line of the story, is very difficult indeed. That being said, The Hope still mana
I would consider calling this my all-time favorite book. The story line is rapturing and full of heart and action. The book also incorporates facts about Israel's independence while creating a picture of daily life at the time; perfect historical fiction.
Historical saga of the Israeli-Arab wars. Can be a little cheesy but is a good read, especially if you like historical fiction. Definitely written for a pro-Israel audience. If you are not one of those people, you will probably hate this book.
-ed- Erwin
This is The Winds of War, set this time in Israel. Once again, a fine historical work, well researched, except for it's obvious Israeli bias. But it's Herman Wouk, for cryin' out loud! Go figure. Still a beautiful read.
Laura Barmby
One of my all time favorites. Have to plan to read this with The Glory, its sequel. I have read this two or three times and it draws me in every time.
Chris Carey
Aug 17, 2007 Chris Carey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
This is part one of an incredible historical work of fiction by Herman Wouk. It tells the story of Israel's fight for independence against incredible odds!
David Berdon
Great. Enjoyable and educational. First time reading Wouk and want more. Gat pece of historical fiction.
Dan Wiles
Great Book. Loved it and have read it a couple times.
Kelli Best
Need more than 5 stars!
Este es otro de los libros de la biblioteca de mis papás que fue leído por ellos hace muchos años, mucho más cerca de los eventos de lo que me ha tocado a mí. Es una combinación interesante de historia y ficción alrededor de los primeros años después de la creación del Estado de Israel en 1948 así como la Guerra de 6 días en 1967. Lo escribe de manera que combina datos y personajes históricos como David Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, Yitzhac Ravin, Ariel Sharon etc. Contra este telón histórico los per ...more
1948, the year succeeding our year of independence and thus is of not much of significance for us but this was the year which carried the beacon of hope for the million Jews scattered around the globe. This was the year when much disputed state of Israel was created by the British as they prepare to embark on the journey back home. After the slaughtering by the hands of Germans in the second world war , it was felt that the Jews need a state of their own in order to survive and that gave birth t ...more
I learned a lot about how Israel got its start from this book. It's amazing what the Israeli Army accomplished out of sheer determination. The characters Wouk developed to tell the story were very interesting, and they developed pretty complex relationships throughout the book, but I thought he did a terrible job of balancing the character relationships with the historical descriptions of Israel throughout the book. Each chapter was either strictly a description of what unfolded militarily, or i ...more
Herman Wouk definitely has a gift for writing historical fiction as evidenced by The Winds of War and War and Remembrance. This book was every bit as gripping, educational, and evocative of the period it dealt with, i.e. the first twenty years of the State of Israel (1948 to 1967). This was the period from the founding in 1948 through the Six Day War. The book was broken into three major sections: Independence, Suez, and Six Days. Those covered the three major crises of survival for Israel durin ...more
Aug 29, 2013 Rita rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rita by: Ron Kobernick
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I wanted to like this, but, frankly, it's boring. I'm a big Wouk fan. But I have to say that this book feels like he took Winds of War/War and Remembrance and cut and paste the characters into this with different names. Zev Barak is Pug Henry, the loyal, conscientious, connected military officer that keeps getting all the right assignments to be in the historically important places, even when it strains his marriage.

I got to about page 150 and decided to move on to something else.

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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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