Having recently seen the mini series, I had to read the book! Fantastic. The writing is so easy to read, the historical facts, the 'story' incorporating all the major events, including leading up to WW2, and especially interesting as written from the American perspective, the author, Herman Wouk, uses the main character as an 'objective' observer, and ensures each character portrays differing points of view, and even uses characters to 'teach' other characters. The reader thus learns, too. Absolutely brilliant, and should be used in schools around the world to encourage and initiate discussion, with succeeding generations. The issues remain absolutely relevant today. Written with remarkable integrity.