The Henry Family Books In Publication Order
- The Winds of War (1971)
- War and Remembrance (1978)
The Hope and the Glory Books In Publication Order
- The Hope (1993)
- The Glory (1994)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- The Ballad of Wake Island: Spoken by a Quantico Sergeant (1941)
- Aurora Dawn: Or, the True History of Andrew Reale (1947)
- The Caine Mutiny (1951)
- The City Boy: The Adventures of Herbie Bookbinder (1951)
- Marjorie Morningstar (1955)
- Slattery’s Hurricane (1956)
- Youngblood Hawke (1962)
- Don’t Stop the Carnival (1965)
- The “Lomokome” Papers (1968)
- Inside, Outside (1985)
- A Hole in Texas (2004)
- The Lawgiver (2012)
Standalone Plays In Publication Order
- The Traitor (1949)
- The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1954)
- Nature’s Way (2020)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- This is My God: The Jewish Way of Life (1959)
- Agnon in Jerusalem: A Reminiscence and a Teacher (1998)
- The Will to Live On (2000)
- The Language God Talks (2010)
- Sailor and Fiddler (2015)
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Herman Wouk Books Overview
The Winds of War
A Masterpiece of Historical Fiction The Great Novel of America’s ‘Greatest Generation’ Herman Wouk’s sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America’s most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk’s spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war’s maelstrom.
War and Remembrance
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 time in trade paperback.
Like no other novelist at work today, Herman Wouk has managed to capture the sweep of history in novels rich in character and alive with drama. In The Hope, which opens in 1948 and culminates in the miraculous triumph of 1967s Six Day War, Wouk plunges the reader into the story of a nation struggling for its birth and then its survival. As the tale resumes in The Glory, Wouk portrays the young nation once again pushed to the brink of annihilationand sets the stage for todays ongoing struggle for peace. Taking us from the Sinai to the Jerusalem, from dust choking battles to the Entebbe raid, from Camp David to the inner lives of such historical figures as Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan, and Anwar Sadat, these extraordinary novels have the authenticity and authority of Wouks finest fictionand together strike a resounding chord of hope for all humanity. The first trade paperback editions of The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, Wouks epic novels of World War II, were recently released by Back Bay Books.
Like no other novelist at work today, Herman Wouk has managed to capture the sweep of history in novels rich in character and alive with drama. In ‘The Hope,’ which opens in 1948 and culminates in the miraculous triumph of 1967’s Six Day War, Wouk plunges the reader into the story of a nation struggling for its birth and then its survival. As the tale resumes in ‘The Glory,’ Wouk portrays the young nation once again pushed to the brink of annihilation and sets the stage for today’s ongoing struggle for peace. Taking us from the Sinai to Jerusalem, from dust choking battles to the Entebbe raid, from Camp David to the inner lives of such historical figures as Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan, and Anwar Sadat, these extraordinary novels have the authenticity and authority of Wouk’s finest fiction and together strike a resounding chord of hope for all humanity.
Aurora Dawn: Or, the True History of Andrew Reale
The publication of ‘Aurora Dawn’ in 1947 immediately established Herman Wouk as a novelist of exceptional literary and historical significance. Today, Aurora Dawn’s themes have grown still more relevant and, in the manner of all great fiction, its characters and ironies have only been sharpened by the passage of time. Wouk’s raucous satire of Manhattan’s high power elite recounts the adventures of one Andrew Reale as he struggles toward fame and fortune in the early days of radio. On the quest for wealth and prestige, ambitious young Andrew finds himself face to face with his own devil’s bargain: forced to choose between soul and salary, true love and a strategic romance, Wouk’s riotous, endearing hero learns a timeless lesson about the high cost of success in America’s most extravagant metropolis.
The Caine Mutiny
The Novel that Inspired the Now Classic Film The Caine Mutiny and the Hit Broadway Play The Caine Mutiny Court Martial Herman Wouk’s boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life and mutiny on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater was immediately embraced, upon its original publication in 1951, as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of World War II. In the intervening half century, The Caine Mutiny has become a perennial favorite of readers young and old, has sold millions of copies throughout the world, and has achieved the status of a modern classic.
The City Boy: The Adventures of Herbie Bookbinder
Upon its original publication in 1951, this Pulitzer Prize winning novel was immediately embraced as one of the first serious works of fiction to help readers grapple with the human consequences of World War II. In the intervening half century, Herman Wouk’s boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining story of life and mutiny on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater has achieved the status of a modern classic.
Marjorie Morningstar is a love story. It presents one of the greatest characters in modern fiction: Marjorie, the pretty seventeen year old who left the respectability of New York’s Central Park West to join the theater, live in the teeming streets of Greenwich Village, and seek love in the arms of a brilliant, enigmatic writer. In this memorable novel, Herman Wouk, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, has created a story as universal, as sensitive, and as unmistakably authentic as any ever told.
Don’t Stop the Carnival
It’s every parrothead’s dream: to leave behind the rat race of the workaday world and start life all over again amidst the cool breezes, sun drenched colors, and rum laced drinks of a tropical paradise. It’s the story of Norman Paperman, a New York City press agent who, facing the onset of middle age, runs away to a Caribbean island to reinvent himself as a hotel keeper. Hilarity and disaster of a sort peculiar to the tropics ensue. It’s the novel in which the Pulitzer Prize winning author of such acclaimed and bestselling novels as The Caine Mutiny and War and Remembrance draws on his own experience Wouk and his family lived for seven years on an island in the sun to tell a story at once brilliantly comic and deeply moving.
From the world of faith to the world of show business, the theater of war to the theater of presidential politics, a novel traces one Jewish family’s dramatic, often hilarious adventures on the way to the American dream. NYT.
A Hole in Texas
Guy Carpenter is a physicist with a quiet, settled life: a prestigious job at NASA, a devoted wife and new baby, and a troublemaking cat. But he is about to get mixed up in an international scandal of enormous proportions. Years ago, Guy worked on the Superconducting Super Collider, a giant scientific project dedicated to detecting a tiny, elusive particle, the Higgs Boson. Wrangling in Congress shut the project down before it could fulfill its objective, but now the Chinese claim to have found the Boson a discovery that sends the nation into a panic. How did the Chinese surpass American science? What about the horrific military implications of a Boson Bomb? Is it time to start casting Hollywood’s first Boson blockbuster? An expert is needed to as*sess the new threat to national security. Before he knows it, Carpenter is propelled into the center of the media blitz, his old love with a Chinese female physicist resurfaces, a new romance with a beautiful Congresswoman beckons, and the breakup of his happy marriage threatens. In the meantime, Congress holds urgent hearings, Hollywood comes courting, and an unctuous reporter dogs his every step. It’s going to be anything but a typical few weeks. Once again, Herman Wouk exercises his deep insight and considerable comic powers to give us a witty and keen satire about Washington, the media, and science, and what happens when these three great forces of American culture clash.
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
When the commanding officer of the U.S.S. Caine is transferred, a new captain, strict disciplinarian Philip Francis Queeg, replaces him. But Queeg’s actions go beyond strictness into psychopathology as he brings the ship and its crew to the brink of destruction. This necessitates a brutal shipboard court martial that threatens by turns to clear or condemn him. In adapting his novel for the theater, Herman Wouk focused on the heart of the story: the trial and the man at its center. The result is a grimly effective picture of Queeg’s disintegration from perfectionist to paranoid that acts as an indictment not only of an individual but of a society that produces such men.
The Will to Live On
Herman Wouk has ranged in his novels from the mighty narrative of The Caine Mutiny and the warm, intimate humor of Marjorie Morningstar to the global panorama of The Winds of War and War and Remembrance. All these powers merge in this major new work of nonfiction, The Will to Live On, an illuminating account of the worldwide revolution that has been sweeping over Jewry, set against a swiftly reviewed background of history, tradition, and sacred literature. Forty years ago, in his modern classic This Is My God, Herman Wouk stated the case for his religious beliefs and conduct. His aim in that work and in The Will to Live On has been to break through the crust of prejudice, to reawaken clearheaded thought about the magnificent Jewish patrimony, and to convey a message of hope for Jewish survival. Although the Torah and the Talmud are timeless, the twentieth century has brought earthquake shocks to the Jews: the apocalyptic experience of the Holocaust, the reborn Jewish state, the precarious American diaspora, and deepening religious schisms. After a lifetime of study, Herman Wouk examines the changes affecting the Jewish world, especially the troubled wonder of Israel, and the remarkable, though dwindling, American Jewry. The book is peppered with wonderful stories of the author’s encounters with such luminaries as Ben Gurion, Isidor Rabi, Yitzhak Rabin, Saul Bellow, and Richard Feynan. Learned in general culture, warmly tolerant of other beliefs, this noted author expresses his own other beliefs, this noted author expresses his own faith with a passion that gives the book its fire and does so in the clear, engaging style that as in all Wouk’s fiction makes the reader want to know what the next page will bring. Herman Wouk writes, in The Will to Live On:’And so the Melting Pot is beginning to work on Jewry. Its effect was deferred in the passing century by the shock of the Holocaust and the rise of Israel, but today the Holocaust is an academic subject, and Israel is no longer a beleaguered underdog. Amkha in America is not dying, it is slowly melting, and those are very different fates. Dying is a terror, an agony, a strangling finish, to be fought off by sheer instinct, by The Will to Live On, to the last breath. Melting is a mere diffusion into an ambient welcoming warmth in which one is dissolved and disappears, as a teaspoon of sugar vanishes into hot tea…
. Yet here in the United States, for all the scary attrition I have pictured, we are still a community of over five million strong…
. At a far stretch of my hopes, our descendants could one day be a diaspora comparable to Babylonia. At the moment, of course, that is beyond rational expectation. We have to concentrate on lasting at all…
The Language God Talks
‘More years ago than I care to reckon up, I met Richard Feynman.’ So begins The Language God Talks, Herman Wouk’s gem on navigating the divide between science and religion. In one rich, compact volume, Wouk draws on stories from his life as well as on key events from the 20th century to address the eternal questions of why we are here, what purpose faith serves, and how scientific fact fits into the picture. He relates wonderful conversations he’s had with scientists such as Feynman, Murray Gell Mann, Freeman Dyson, and Steven Weinberg, and brings to life such pivotal moments as the 1969 moon landing and the Challenger disaster. Brilliantly written, The Language God Talks is a scintillating and lively investigation and a worthy addition to the literature.