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The Winds of War by Herman Wouk
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Jul 12, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: germany, world-war-2, history, italy, romantic

If a person should somehow not know anything about America's path to involvement in World War II, there are much worse ways to learn about it than by reading this epic historical novel. Winds is completely successful at capturing, though the Henry family and its closest friends, the gradual enveloping of the world in Germany's aggression. That the story, at over 1,000 pages, remains personal, moving, and tense, despite all our foreknowledge of its outcome, is an accomplishment of the best kind of author. There are passages that leave a reader in shock, and others that carry a foreboding dread.

The story strays from its narrative only to "reprint" excerpts from Victor Henry's [fictional] translations of "World Empire Lost," a German military memoir. These passages give Wouk the opportunity to frame his scene and impart more particular lessons in history to his readers, but they sometimes felt like homework to finish before continuing the novel's main thread.

Nevertheless, this is an amazing novel, with gargantuan ambition, and brilliant for its accomplishment of making a global war feel completely human and deeply personal.
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Reading Progress

July 12, 2012 – Started Reading
July 12, 2012 – Shelved
July 12, 2012 – Shelved as: germany
July 12, 2012 – Shelved as: world-war-2
July 12, 2012 – Shelved as: history
July 12, 2012 – Shelved as: italy
July 12, 2012 –
page 106
10.4%
July 15, 2012 –
page 202
19.82%
July 16, 2012 –
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27.28%
July 16, 2012 –
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31.89%
July 17, 2012 –
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36.8%
July 18, 2012 –
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39.25%
July 20, 2012 –
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48.28%
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July 20, 2012 –
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51.03%
July 21, 2012 –
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July 23, 2012 –
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60.06%
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69.09%
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July 31, 2012 –
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77.13%
August 1, 2012 –
page 820
80.47%
August 4, 2012 –
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90.58%
August 5, 2012 – Finished Reading
August 6, 2012 – Shelved as: romantic

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