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We Need More Herman Wouks...

The Winds of War and War and Remembrance are possibly the best historical novels ever written. For too long now, society has been avoiding reality in favour of pure escapism with fantasy tales of dragon and elf lore and otherworldly sci fi. There is nothing wrong with literary escapism, to a degree, but avoiding real world cultural works can be a short-sighted pastime.
Herman Wouk, a WWII Navy veteran and incredible wordsmith, opens an expansive window into that global conflict but also offers the reader a front row seat into the very intimate and private lives of the fictional Henry family — a penultimate history lesson with a very human touch.

The books came out in ’71 and ’78 respectively and became a huge TV series success in the ’80s. And I think it’s time we look back, re-read and remember once more. Mistakes were made back then, large and small, domestic and foreign, and if we don’t take the measure of them and use them as a guiding light into today’s perilous iss…

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