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War and Remembrance
Paperback, 1056 pages
Published May 2nd 1980 by Pocket Books (first published 1978)
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Mar 01, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Matthew Klobucher
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
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
Mar 01, 2007 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 22, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2007 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 26, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 01, 2011 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 14, 2013 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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


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.
Aug 04, 2015 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Honestly from the first page of the book, I knew that I was not going to finish it. The first book had rich characterization, good consistency and remarkable with the content. On the other hand, this book failed to interest me, nothing about this really made me want to explore where the story was going. It had nothing to do with the length of the novel, but it had to do with how poorly these characters evolved.

I was thinking to myself, why should I care about what happened to Natalie or anyone i
Sarah Warbey
Jul 06, 2015 Sarah Warbey 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.
This is Herman Wouk's crowning achievement! You will love this novel if you are a sucker for historical fiction and stories regarding the horrors facing the Jewish population during World War II. I highly recommend reading the Winds of War first, which follows the story of the Henry family from the beginning of WWII through Pearl Harbor, as it builds the essential character and plot development for his second novel. I also highly recommend Kevin Pariseau's reading via audible which is a great co ...more
John Strassel
Jun 04, 2016 John Strassel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The historical family saga begun in the Winds of War continues through to the climax of World War II. Wouk's in-depth telling of the tragic events of the war and the holocaust through the fictional lives of the Henry family is splendid. More than 70 years later, I think most of today's generation has not fully come to grasp the significance of that defining time in world history, or worse yet, has forgotten about it. We should never forget the evil events of the Nazi regime! As has been said man ...more
Feb 03, 2014 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
War & Remembrance is Great Sequel to The Winds of War, and it might stand alone, but I would recommend reading or listening to all 56 hr & 8min of it read with perfection by Kevin Pariseau, after Herman Wouk's Winds of War. The depth of knowledge he had about the war in Europe & in the Pacific and the ability to bring major events to life through the fictional characters is astonishing. I think it should be taught in high schools and the film should be shown to spur interest and disc ...more
Geoffrey Benn
Aug 05, 2015 Geoffrey Benn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, history
This is the second and final book in Herman Wouk’s “Henry Family” series about World War Two. The first book, “The Winds of War,” followed members of a naval family, the Henrys, in the lead-up to the war. “War and Remembrance” picks up the story after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The action is split between naval combat scenes in the Pacific, logistical and political maneuverings, and the trials of different groups of people caught in the holocaust in Europe. As in the first book, “War and Rememb ...more
Mar 14, 2016 conrad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shades of the brilliance of The Caine Mutiny, mixed unfortunately with the too-convenient placement of several characters that adds the an overly sweet taste to historical fiction and enforces a suspension of disbelief (See: James Michener). The overall result would be poor if the setting itself wasn't so emotionally compelling and demanding. To the novel's credit however, the majority of fictional characters are realistic manifestations of a thousand faceless, nameless humans who actually lived ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
May 12, 2010 Nicole rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 02, 2010 LemonLinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 25, 2012 Sullyfitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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.”
“Your country baffles me: a luxurious unharmed lotus land in which great hordes of handsome dynamic people either wallow in deep gloom, or play like overexcited children, or fall to work like all the devils in hell, while the press steadily drones detestation of the government and despair of the system. I don’t understand how America works, any more than Frances Trollope or Dickens did, but it’s an ongoing miracle of sorts.” 2 likes
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