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War and Remembrance

(The Henry Family #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  34,460 ratings  ·  938 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
Paperback, 1042 pages
Published February 5th 2002 by Back Bay Books (first published 1978)
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Tyler Cameron But Adham, the one main character in these books is the war. We are shown that character from all sides and beliefs... it's a wonderful look at the im…moreBut Adham, the one main character in these books is the war. We are shown that character from all sides and beliefs... it's a wonderful look at the impact of the war on the world...(less)
Alun Winds Of War starts before WW2, chronicling the build up and earlier stages of the war. It ends with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.
War and Reme…more
Winds Of War starts before WW2, chronicling the build up and earlier stages of the war. It ends with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.
War and Remembrance is the continuation of Winds Of War. It starts with the immediate aftermath of Pearl Harbour and continues until the end of the war.(less)

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Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“[W]hat a target, that mess of airplanes [on the Japanese aircraft carrier] rushing up at him now in the telescopic sight, so clear that he could see white numbers on the fuselages…No other this yet; he’d go. Now his heart was racing, his mouth was parched, and his ears seemed about to burst. He yanked the bomb release, felt the jolt of lightness as the missile flew clear, remembered to keep going to make sure he didn’t throw the bomb, and he pulled up…His body sagged to the seat, his head swam, ...more
Jun 28, 2011 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 bac
Matthew Klobucher
Mar 03, 2007 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
Sonia Gomes
Nov 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: To everyone, who would love to learn more about WWII without tedious statistics
I do not think I would be able to review this wonderful book.

The book details the History of the Second World War in all its intricacy, but without the statistics, which is fine for me.
Somehow, I can make the time to understand the statistics but the human History is important to me. Whenever I read about World War II I want to know what happened to the people, what did they go through, how did they cope with this tremendous impact to their lives, how is that they did not go mad, or commit suici
John Nevola
Nov 06, 2011 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
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quite brilliant and at times unforgettable.
Mar 01, 2007 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
Nov 07, 2012 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
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
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
After I read the book that preceded this one, I immediately started this one. I liked this one as much as the first one. That kind of surprises me. Both of these books get into detailed war scenes which isn't particularly my thing, but I loved the history of this. The author covered the historical facts and details. He wove that into the story of the Henry family. The family drama was also as captivating as it was with the first one. It felt like real life problems because it wasn't all perfect. ...more
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii
I never wanted this book to end. I actually read several books in between while reading it, which I never do, so that I could extend the length of the book. I wish there was another book in the series. I loved the characters and their story. The historical references in the book were amazing. If you like to read about history and WWII, I highly recommend the the series. First book is The Winds of War.
Carol Storm
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I can't resist this book. Every time I pick it up in a library or at a book sale I end up standing there leafing through it for twenty minutes at a time.

The only problem is, the only sections I ever read are the excerpts from WORLD EMPIRE LOST by Armin Von Roon, the German general Pug Henry befriends before the war. The strategic analysis and the vast battle descriptions are a lot more real than anything that happens to the characters in the books. Their lives seem to have no reality even to th
Ian Beardsell
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This truly was a masterpiece that blended an engaging work of fiction with an accurate (and equally engaging) retelling of the history of WWII. As someone deeply interested in WWII history, and whose own family story is deeply intertwined with it, following the fictional Henry family through their trials and tribulations, personal losses and new-found freedoms, was very enjoyable.

The scale of the work was immense, and Wouk had researched the history very well. I was a bit confused with some of h
Apr 02, 2012 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
Donna Carpenter
Jan 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Blecccch. There isn't a more unbelievable, unappealing, sexless "romance" than that of Pamela and Pug. Fortunately, a few of the characters I disliked in The Winds of War have redeemed themselves or at least become more interesting and less obnoxious. The only woman who comes off with any growth or dignity is Natalie, and she only ends up that way through unimaginable suffering. Pamela is a pathetic martyr, Rhoda is a selfish, dishonest twit, Madeleine is ignored through most of the book, and Ja ...more
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As with most readers I find it difficult to name my favorite books. The answer I generally give is this: "My favorite book is the one I am reading next." Despite this, I must admit that I do have a small few books with I love so much they have a spot in my top five list. They are the books I return to again and again. Mr Wouk's brilliant, epic tale of the Henry family found in both The Winds of War and War and Remembrance is so compelling that they have both remained on that list for 30 years. I ...more
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
This, along with "Winds of War" I will treat as one book. To say that this story was anything but phenomenal would be a crime. By far, this is one of the best stories I have ever read or will read. I look forward to reading it again someday so as to learn more than I did the first time around. I will do my very best to suggest this book to everyone I know, as their lives will only be enriched as mine has. There are not enough words in the English language that can describe how moving, captivatin ...more
Susan Liston
I don't know why it's taken me so long to reread this and The Winds of War. Maybe I do know, because they are so emotionally draining. This time around, knowing so much more about WW2 now then I did then increased my interest level...there's a great deal of information here that is a lot to swallow in one gulp if it's all new to you. But a lot of the characters had stuck firmly in my mind, and I'm going to miss them so much after my revisit that I'm fighting the temptation to go back and start o ...more
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Mike Frost
Feb 21, 2009 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
May 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Get the hell out of Italy, Natalie!
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, wwi-ii, series
Brilliant family saga and a great history lesson.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The second book on the Henry family follows them into the darkness of the American entry into WW II. It’s magnificent drama in turns harrowing. Deeply old fashioned in its mix of high ambition and soap drama elements but always riveting.

Kathryn Bashaar
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read Winds of War and War and Remembrance back in the 1970s when they first came out. I recently re-read Winds of War and enjoyed it so much that I decided to also re-read the sequel.

The author’s purposes in writing these books were to show WW2 from many perspectives – in particular to show how Hitler was able to come to power and stay in power long enough to bring Germany to catastrophe – and to show the horror of war so vividly that his readers would understand that a future world war is un
Mary Carol
Jul 30, 2007 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
Michelle Bacon
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war
Holy Moly, I did it. 1 day shy of 3 months reading this and I finally finished. Whew. This books brings the harrowing truth to the surface of WWII and the immense tragedy that the Jewish people suffered during the reign of Adolf Hitler. It doesn't paint a rose-colored picture of what they went through, nor does it do that for those who fought in the war.
It's scary when you see the size of the book and wonder exactly how much a person has to say about a horrible war, but Wouk covers it all. Good
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Almost 3 weeks to finish this epic conclusion of Book 2. I just re-read my review on the Winds of War (Book 1) and I am repeating, fiction writing of the finest quality. I felt I had relived the war. What a wonderful strong fictional family chosen by this author to represent the horrors of World War 2. If you are an avid reader, please take the time to read these 2 books and thanks to those who encouraged me to read them back to back. I read these 2 books with almost 2000 pages in 5 weeks, that ...more
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. ...more
Ali M
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
After finishing “The Winds of War” I tried very hard to take a break from the Henry family and to “save” the rest of the story for later. I lasted a week and I was back into their lives in this even longer second book. I had come to know and love these characters and I simply needed to know what happened to them all.

I did learn the fates of all the family members and a few more besides. I also learned that Wouk did a tremendous amount of research for this book, just as he did with the first in t
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Herman Wouk was 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 earne

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