Literary Techniques

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Like the writers of most epics, Wouk approaches his story from a lofty perspective. He uses a complex method of narration in this romance to...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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As the first half of Wouk's monumental exploration of the causes and conflicts of World War II, The Winds of War offers numerous...

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Social Concerns

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The Winds of War, the first installment in Wouk's multi-volume story of World War II, has been dubbed by the author an "historical...

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Gerard, Philip. “The Great American War Novels.” World and I 10 (June, 1995): 54-63. Gerard notes that World War II was “the last public event that defined a generation of novelists. . . .” In this essay, he looks at the works of many of them, including Wouk’s The Caine Mutiny. Although Gerard does not address The Winds of War directly, his comments can be extended to Wouk’s other war novels.

Mazzeno, Laurence W. Herman Wouk. New York: Twayne, 1994. A collection of critical essays that explores various aspects of the works of Herman Wouk. Includes an index and bibliographical references for further reading.

Shapiro, Edward S. “The Jew as Patriot: Herman Wouk and American Jewish Identity.” American Jewish History 84 (December, 1996): 333-351. Shapiro explores similarities between American identity and Jewish identity in the works of Herman Wouk, which portray the Jew as the defender of American institutions and values. Shapiro also notes that Wouk viewed the history of the American West and Israel’s struggle for independence as being analogous.

Shatzky, Joel, and Michael Taub, eds. Contemporary Jewish-American Novelists: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997. Includes an entry on Wouk’s life, major works, and themes, with an overview of his critical reception and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Literary Precedents

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Unquestionably, Wouk emulates in The Winds of War and its sequel the works of great writers of both history and fiction who have...

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Related Titles

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The Winds of War forms part of a series on World War II; War and Remembrance, a two-volume chronicle, extends Wouk's story of...

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The ABC television network produced a multi-million-dollar, eighteen hour mini-series of the novel in 1983. Veteran leading man Robert...

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