The descriptions of life in Israel, hostilities with the neighbouring Arab nations and the Soviet Union, the wars, the diplomatic wranglings with US, UK, France everything has been described along with the lives of the major fictional characters of the novel. The Hope and The Exodus, both have piqued my interest and I would like to get my hands on some really good non-fiction books on the Arab-Israel conflicts. I would recommend this book to only those who like historical fiction with wars & action.
I can understand why people may like this, but it does not fit me. It is historical fiction. It presents Israeli history, focusing upon the War of Independence in 1948, the Sinai War in 1956 and ends with the Six-Day War of 1967. This book continues with its sequel--The Glory.These two books together may be consider a continuation of Herman Wouks earlier two books The Winds of War followed by War and Remembrance, the formation of the state of Israel being a result of the Second World War. The characters of the first two books are not the same as those of the second two. There are fictional characters, but alongside them run the names of the leaders we all recognizethe states first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and his wife Paula, the American colonel Mickey Marcus who advised Gurion and died trying to help during the war for independence, Moshe Dayan, the star of both the Sinai War and the Six-Day War, and others such as Golda Meir, Yigael Yadin, Ariel Sharon and others easily recognizable. The fictional characters I cannot take seriously. I think many people love a book like this, but I find the sex tame and without sizzle.
The two books The Hope and The Glory cover the history of Israel. Wouk researched government archives, personal diaries, newspapers and personal interviews to present history as accurately as possible.
The Hope is an historical drama, painted in fairly broad brush-strokes, charting the days immediately following Ben Gurion's proclamation of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948 after the British withdrawal, continuing up to the astonishing military successes of the Six Day War. Gurion is himself a character - paunchy and punchy, fierce yet flawed - but the narrative centres around a trio of fictional surrogates whose collective ubiquity enables Wouk to give first hand accounts of all the ambassadorial, military and political events that allowed a million Jews to get the better of the eighty million Arabs who surrounded them on all sides. I don't often read mainstream historical novels like this, where the characters don't have much of an interior life and the events do most of the talking, but the consensus is that Wouk does this kind of thing very well and I love the subject matter so I gave it a go.
"The Hope" and "The Glory" are my alltime favorite books.
This book covers the history of Israel, starting from the 1948 War of Independence, covering the Suez crisis and the Six-Day War of 1967.
Herman Wouk was a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning Jewish American author with a number of notable novels to his credit, including The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance. Herman Wouk was born in New York City into a Jewish family that had emigrated from Russia. Wouk sent a copy of the opening chapters to Irwin Edman who quoted a few pages verbatim to a New York editor.