‘The Winds of War’ by Herman Wouk

I’ve recently started reading Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War. 

Or rather, rereading it, I should say. I read the book for the first time back in the summer of 1986.

That was the summer I graduated from high school. Needless to say, I’m a few years older now. The Winds of War, moreover, is mostly gone from my memory banks, save the barest elements of the plot. So this is like reading it for the first time.

(My general rule of thumb is: If you enjoyed a book, consider reading it again after 10 years; it will be a different book. I’m therefore more than overdue to give The Winds of War a second reading.)

This is a very good novel, even though it breaks some of the “rules” of good novel writing. For example, the novels contains huge swaths of backstory in the opening chapters. 

Vintage cover from the 1980s

I believe that this will be a fast read, despite the page count of over one thousand pages.

The Winds of War is not a Ken Follet-style, fast-paced thriller. And it definitely isn’t something that James Patterson would sign his name to.

Nevertheless, it is an engaging family saga, set against the background of traumatic world events. The story and the characters really draw you in.


Oh, speaking of Word War II novels…I’ve recently launched my own WWII series, The Cairo Deception. (Book 2 has just been released to Amazon.)