I’m reading “Winds of War” by Herman Wouk. It’s about 1,000 pages and it’s not as well-written as I’d like — maybe, I’m a book snob. But I can’t put it down. It’s one of Wouk’s WWII novels — about the prelude to the war. I’m learning a lot and I’m totally involved. Mrs. Cohn Zohn is reading it too. Have you read it? What do you think?

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  1. Elknarps

    Related to your pending Press Democrat project?

    May 28th, 2014 6:44 pm

  2. CohnZohn

    Elknarps, Anything but.

    May 28th, 2014 7:13 pm

  3. Dan

    You may enjoy “In the Garden of Beasts”


    May 29th, 2014 10:53 am

  4. Stan

    Is that about the Harbuagh- Kawakami press conference? I felt it was overly dramatic,the characters not really fleshed out. And the plot? simplistic. It really needed a good editor.

    May 29th, 2014 12:36 pm

  5. CohnZohn

    Stan, I agree.

    May 29th, 2014 12:39 pm

  6. 415 media

    Lowell, You should know that Stan is claiming that you endorse his views on 415 media.

    Do you really want to vouch for Stan?

    May 29th, 2014 8:45 pm

  7. CohnZohn

    I like 415 media. I like Rich Lieberman. If Stan alleges anything else, he’s dead wrong.

    May 29th, 2014 9:21 pm

  8. Phil Brown

    My doctor won’t allow me to pickup a book that big.

    May 30th, 2014 6:17 am

  9. Kommon Senze

    Herman Wouk, to me, sort of falls in with authors like James Michener, Leon Uris, and James Clavell for me. They can be interesting reads (especially since the historical topics they cover were fascinating subjects in their own), but I’ve found their story-telling to be.. well.. not really my cup of tea, overall. Historical fiction I like are books like “The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco. The historical aspects of the story (e.g., the examination of the Apostolic controversy between the Benedictine and Franciscan orders in Europe during the days of the Spanish Inquisition) are carefully and accurately layered into the background of just a damn good story.

    My recent favorite WWII books were both non-fiction. ‘Band of Brothers’ by Steven Ambrose and “The Liberator” by Alex Kershaw. Maybe it’s because they are actual historical accounts that I give them a little leeway on the writing style, but I found them compelling. They fall in the same category as Stud Terkel’s “The Good War,” which is a fascinating collection of oral accounts on World War II, and “With the Old Breed,” which described Eugene Sledge’s experiences in the Pacific with such brutal, harrowing honesty.

    I guess it’s my way of saying, I’d rather read these first hand accounts of the war than a detailed but perhaps too expansive attempt to capture the entire experience. The intimacy and the realness of the first-hand accounts are more interesting. Otherwise, make it a good story that is going to keep me glued because the writing is so good — (the historical aspects add to the authenticity, but are ancillary in that regard).

    May 30th, 2014 2:56 pm

  10. Another Dan

    Oddly enough, I haven’t read Winds of War, but I did read the sequel, War and Remembrance. I liked how Wouk’s characters interacted with historical figures. I learned more about World War Two from it. I did see parts of the Winds of War TV miniseries. I thought Robert Mitchum was a little old to play Pug Henry, but I thought he did bring dignity to the role.

    June 3rd, 2014 4:00 pm

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