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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Story set against remarkable backdrop
This epic work by Herman Wouk takes place in Israel from the 1948 War of Independence to the 1967 Six Day War .Both remarkable testaments to the strength of the Jewish people and The State of Israel
We meet real characters who played a key role in the history of Israel such as David Ben-Gurion,Moshe Dayan,,Rafael Eitan,Yitzhac Rabin,Ariel Sharon and other great...
Published on 17 Jun 2008 by Gary Selikow

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3.0 out of 5 stars A sprawling epic which fails to convince
Herman Wouk is one of my favourite writers and it was "The Winds of War" which first brought him to my attention. That too is a war-time epic, but concentrating on the Second World War. The Hope, and its sequel, The Glory, focus on the wars which helped create and form the political state of Israel, starting in 1948. As with "The Winds of War" Herman Wouk focuses in on...
Published on 2 Jan 2010 by J. Draper


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3.0 out of 5 stars A sprawling epic which fails to convince, 2 Jan 2010
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Herman Wouk is one of my favourite writers and it was "The Winds of War" which first brought him to my attention. That too is a war-time epic, but concentrating on the Second World War. The Hope, and its sequel, The Glory, focus on the wars which helped create and form the political state of Israel, starting in 1948. As with "The Winds of War" Herman Wouk focuses in on a couple of key characters, in this case two military families and their associations with the outside world and involvements in key military engagements.

Unfortunately, where "The Winds of War" is based on a concise period of time, well known events and an easily defined "right and wrong", which contributes to a readable and sympathetic novel, The Hope sprawls in its scope and suffers in consequence. The book covers nearly two decades of war and the peaceful periods in between and the thread of the plot is lost somewhat in the process. The other problem is that the book relies on the reader's sympathy with Israel and the concept that an Israeli homeland is a right for the Jews. Without making comment on this I would say that the arguments of the military expressed in the Hope seem a little weak - the characters make statements like "We just have to show the Arabs we mean business, and maybe then they will accept peace" which ring hollow, and the sympathy of this reader was undermined in consequence.

I found the book pretty hard going. Greater concentration on the human side of the war would have made it more readable (HW really nailed this in "The Winds of War") but really I think the subject matter is just too enormous to form a coherent novel. Notwithstanding this he deals with the historical facts well, impartially (as far as I could tell) and again, as far as I could tell, accurately, and made a difficult subject considerably more readable than a dry history book on the topic would have been.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Story set against remarkable backdrop, 17 Jun 2008
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This epic work by Herman Wouk takes place in Israel from the 1948 War of Independence to the 1967 Six Day War .Both remarkable testaments to the strength of the Jewish people and The State of Israel
We meet real characters who played a key role in the history of Israel such as David Ben-Gurion,Moshe Dayan,,Rafael Eitan,Yitzhac Rabin,Ariel Sharon and other great leaders
Against this backdrop we read about the lives of several men and women who are the key characters in the story:
Zev Barak-Viennese Jew who becomes an Israeli General and military attache to Washington
His strong and long suffering wife Nakhama
Yael Luria-ambitious and energetic blonde beauty
The mercurial paratroop commander -Don Kishote
The good hearted and religious Shayna Matisdorff
Sam Pasternak-the cynical Mossad supersleuth
Benny Luria the solid and committed Airforce commander
And Emily Cunningham-the intelligent and mysterious daughter of a CIA bigwig
The history of Israel during this period is traced in fascinating detail but the personal interactions do tend to be overplayed a little
Nevertheless the message remains loud and clear about the remarkable beleaguered and tiny State of Israel who continues to survive against overwhelming odds and the immoral machinations of the international establishment
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5.0 out of 5 stars HaTikvah, 9 Jun 2014
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Arrived quicker than expected and in very good condition. Am very pleased with this item and look forward to reading more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 July 2014
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Brilliant book
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