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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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Apr 18, 2015 Supratim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book and its sequel The Glory while browsing in a second-hand bookstore. I had heard about the author's The Caine Mutiny so I read the blurbs and decided to give the books a try.

The Hope tells the story of the birth of the state of Israel in 1948 and continues till the Six Day War in 1967. As in historical novels, the story is told through some real and some fictional characters. The descriptions of life in Israel, hostilities with the neighbouring Arab nations and the Soviet
Mar 19, 2008 Joe rated it really liked it
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.
Perry Whitford
Jun 03, 2012 Perry Whitford rated it really liked it  ·  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, 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 ambassad
Jun 09, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing
This epic work by Herman Wouk takes place in Israel from the 1948 War of Independence to the 1967 Six Day War .Both remarkable testaments to the strength of the Jewish people and The State of Israel
We meet real characters who played a key role in the history of Israel such as David Ben-Gurion,Moshe Dayan,,Rafael Eitan,Yitzhac Rabin,Ariel Sharon and other great leaders
Against this backdrop we read about the lives of several men and women who are the key characters in the story:
Zev Barak-Viennese
Aug 16, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"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
Feb 05, 2009 Sandy rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jun 21, 2012 Tema Merback rated it really liked it
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
Aug 27, 2007 Aubrey rated it really liked it
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
Jul 23, 2011 D. Ennis rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 05, 2013 Abhishek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ben Dummitt
Sep 07, 2013 Ben Dummitt rated it really liked it
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
May 12, 2008 Kristin rated it it was ok
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
May 07, 2009 Connie rated it really liked it
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
Sep 19, 2008 LemonLinda rated it really liked it
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
Apr 28, 2013 Esther rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 31, 2009 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
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.
Jul 29, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
Mostly ok. I liked learning about Israel's beginning's. The infidelity with Emily was yucky! I was glad when she finally got confronted a bit. Otherwise I enjoyed the characters fairly well.
The writing didn't flow great all the time, but when it did I get lost in the story.
-ed- Erwin
Jan 02, 2008 -ed- Erwin rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 23, 2012 Leah rated it liked it
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.
Chris Carey
Aug 17, 2007 Chris Carey rated it it was amazing
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!
Nov 21, 2016 Athena rated it it was amazing
Best book I have read in a very long time. Herman Wouk is an amazing writer.
Laura Barmby
Feb 29, 2012 Laura Barmby rated it it was amazing
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.
Kelli Best
Oct 16, 2012 Kelli Best rated it it was amazing
Need more than 5 stars!
David Berdon
Jan 26, 2013 David Berdon rated it it was amazing
Great. Enjoyable and educational. First time reading Wouk and want more. Gat pece of historical fiction.
Dan Wiles
Jun 16, 2012 Dan Wiles rated it it was amazing
Great Book. Loved it and have read it a couple times.
Jean Poulos
Dec 29, 2016 Jean Poulos rated it really liked it
Herman Wouk is one of the masters of the historical novel. I have read all of his books years ago; I noted they are now publishing them in e-book format. I decided to re-read “The Hope” in light of what has happened over the recent years in the Middle East. The two books “The Hope” and “The Glory” cover the history of Israel. “The Hope” covers the years from 1948 to 1967 and Wouk pays the most attention to the three wars: The War of Independence, the 1956 Sinai War and the Six Day War.

Wouk weave
I really want to like this book, but I had a hard time trying to read it as I believe I am far too young to appreciate this book. It has potential as I think it can be a good book. I will reread when I feel more into a novel that is slower and more thought out, and plus when I have more time to read a novel of this immense size.
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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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“To sum up: whatever fictional liberties have been taken in weaving the phantoms of my invention through real events, The Hope is presented to my readers as an honest account of Israel’s early history, as true and responsible as research could make it. As to whether the tale itself pleases, only they can judge.” 0 likes
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