The Glory

The Glory In The Hope world famed historical novelist Herman Wouk told the riveting saga of the first twenty years of Israel s existence culminating in its resounding triumph in the Six Day War which amazed

  • Title: The Glory
  • Author: Herman Wouk
  • ISBN: 9780316955287
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
  • In The Hope, world famed historical novelist Herman Wouk told the riveting saga of the first twenty years of Israel s existence, culminating in its resounding triumph in the Six Day War, which amazed the world as few events of this turbulent century have With The Glory, Wouk rejoins the story of Israel s epic journey in one of his most compelling works yet From the euphoIn The Hope, world famed historical novelist Herman Wouk told the riveting saga of the first twenty years of Israel s existence, culminating in its resounding triumph in the Six Day War, which amazed the world as few events of this turbulent century have With The Glory, Wouk rejoins the story of Israel s epic journey in one of his most compelling works yet From the euphoric aftermath of that stunning victory in 1967, through the harrowing battles of the Yom Kippur War, the heroic Entebbe rescue, the historic Camp David Accords, and finally the celebration of forty years of independence and the opening of the road to peace, Wouk immerses us in the bloody battles, the devastating defeats, the elusive victories.

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    1. I journey that I had started with The Hope now finally comes to an end and I must say that the journey had been enjoyable for the most part.The characters introduced in The Hope are still there and their children have now grown old enough to don the national uniform of their country. Israel had won the Six Days War but her troubles are far from over. In midst of war and diplomatic pressure life continues as usual - love, infatuation, misunderstanding, ambitions, affairs go on. What I liked most [...]

    2. This was one of those priceless books, the ones you never want to end. I was so involved in it, it took me a few days to come back down to earth and withdraw from it. All avid readers have experienced that sense of loss, as if you had to say goodbye to close friends. The story resumes from the first book, "The Hope", and takes the characters through the buildup to the Yom Kippur War, the panic and then the pulling together to bring victory to Israel. Wouk's writing is so intense again in this bo [...]

    3. This is the second book of the series "The Hope and the Glory."In this epic novel, the author describes the following historical events: the sinking of the Israeli ship Eilat by Soviet rockets fired by the Egyptian Navy; the Yom Kippur War, the dramatic Entebbe rescue, and bomb Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981; and the visit of Anwar Sadat to Israel.The historical characters mentioned in this book are the following: Yonatan Netanyahu, Golda Meir, Ariel Sharon, Anwar Sadat, Moshe Dayan, and David E [...]

    4. I would have preferred that Wouk concentrated more on the events that shaped a young Israel and less on the love lives of his fictional characters. The sinking of The Eilat gets fewer words than some woman having an affair. It read more like "Peyton Place". Maybe I would have a different opinion if I had read The Hope first.

    5. I really, really wanted to like this book. It has many good qualities: it's absorbing, it's exciting, it's hard to put down.But the fact is that every single female character in this book basically serves as a plot device to further develop the stories of the male characters. The bottom line is that this is a 700 page book that fails the Bechdel Test.

    6. While I've thoroughly enjoyed reading Herman Wouk in the past, The Glory never captured my interest. When the narrative took us into the events of the Yom Kippur War, it was interesting to read. However, when he got away from the war and dealt with the many characters, I completely lost interest. His characters seemed flat and colorless.

    7. This book is definitely the easiest and most gripping way to read the history of Israel in the 1960s and 1970s. I was completely pulled in to the story. Great characters (although I did start to wonder what the rate of affairs and divorces was in Israel at that time period, because it started feeling like all of his characters were embroiled in something), incredible research (I appreciated the section at the end that revealed how factual the book was), and a very good sense of pacing throughout [...]

    8. Excellent historical fictionWith the reading of this book, I have read all of Wouk's novels. This was one of his better ones. A bit difficult with so many key characters to follow. I strongly recommend his following books: Winds of War, War and Remembrances, and Youngblood Hawke.

    9. The conclusion of Wouk's The Hope and The Glory, The Glory picks up after the 6 day war and ends at Israel's 40th anniversary celebration in 1988. I was unaware of some of the history, being a child when it happened. A terrific book and series.

    10. Maybe not quite a five. I wouldn't say it's the most entertaining book I've read, but I really enjoyed the Israeli history that was told in this book in an interesting way.

    11. Loved both parts of the bookSo sad it is over, the characters really come too life and the book made me look up plenty of historical events too. I know there will not be a sequel, but it was sad to lose the connection with the heroes of this story

    12. In this sequel to Wouk's novel about the birth of Israel in 1948 to their defeat of the joint Arabic forces in the Six Day War in 1967, The Hope, the focus this time is largely on the extraordinary Yom Kippur War / Ramadan War of 1973, when the Israelies showed all their characteristic daring and resolve to rescue victory from the jaws of defeat against overwhelming odds. Israel's sense of security lasts barely a matter of months after the Six Day War before the Egyptians once again tip the regi [...]

    13. "The Glory" is the second volume of the two volume epic of the war history of Israel from its founding in 1948 until around 1990. "The Glory" covers the period from just after the Six Day War in 1967 until around 1990. Honestly, this novel struck me as much the same as the "Winds of War" and the "War and Remembrance" novels of Wouk. Both "The Glory" and "War and Remembrance" are about the wartime adventures of a military family, members of which served in all fronts of the war, the senior member [...]

    14. 'The Glory' lives up to the level of excellence established with the it's predecessor ('The Hope') and in fact exceeds it somewhat. This is an account of Isreal before, after, and during the Yom Kippur War told from the perspective of fictional characters who interact with notable historical figures, including Golda Meir, Anachem Begin, and Henry Kissenger among others. As usual, Herman Wouk does an excellent job of intermingling these personalities and presenting complicated historical events i [...]

    15. "The Hope" and "The Glory" are my alltime favorite books. I have read them at least once a year for the last 15 years. Wouk tells a very gripping story of war, hope, friendship and love in a tale that spans decades. In an approach known from "Winds of War" and "War and Rememberance" he lets his fictional protagonists intermingle closely with historical events and real characters - without detouring too much from history as it really unfolded.His characters are very well portrayed and nicely work [...]

    16. The Glory has you captivated from the very beginning as the end of The Hope has you yearning to know what happens next. Wouk does brilliantly to continue the romances which helps personify characters and Wouk does this better than any author. The romanced of Don Kishote and Shayna is one of the greatest plot lines of the movie. Wouk does brilliantly to follow and cover all angles during Israel's fledgling years Civilian life, military life, politics and love life. The book is a roller coaster of [...]

    17. This was the fifth and last in a set that Wouk planned to cover ' the destruction and the resurgence: the Jewish epic of the twentieth century'. In this group, I enjoyed 'Winds of War' and 'War and Remembrance' more. I had hoped for a third book about those characters. Since Wouk is in his nineties, that's probably not going to happen. I've never disliked any book by Wouk including "Youngblood Hawke' which has been described as 'lurid', 'Marjorie Morningstar', Don't Stop the Carnival'. etc. He d [...]

    18. 4+ stars - maybe even 5. This book, along with the Hope, tells the story of Israel from 1948 to 1988 using real and fictional characters. Even though the two books are novels, Wouk strives to be as historically accurate as possible. If you have any interest in the history of Israel then you must read these books.

    19. There were parts that I had a hard time getting through- some if the battle scenes were just too detailed to closely hold my attention- but in the end the characters and the broader historical significance of the events the book covers were enough to keep me interested. I wouldn't necessarily reread it, but am glad I made it to the end.

    20. The Hope and The Glory (combined) are my new all-time favorite piece of historical fiction. I am really sad I finally finished this book and that there is not another episode to look forward to. A book could not have been written that would have been more entertaining and more historically accurate simultaneously. I am now looking forward to reading Wouk's better-known novels.

    21. Borrowed from public library. Adult historical fiction.Israel from 1968-1988. God's Sovereignty comes through with ungodly Jews as characters and author! Good for seeing the world from other than American view. Objective rather than subjective. Lots of affairs! PRetty factual. Events in the 1980s we as Americans weren't really aware of happening.

    22. Gripping novelFascinating historical augmentation of israeli national biography. Couldn't put it down. Classic Wouk military story. Ranks with Cain Mutiny, Winds of War, and War and Remembrance.

    23. Continuation of the Hope. this one focuses on the Yom Kippor War. a good historical fiction about Israel 1967-1988 as seen through the eyes of four fictional families. Each man has an important job in the military so that the reader can see all the various aspects of the war.

    24. Historical Novel - a continuation of "The Hope", traces Israel from the 6 Day War of 1967 to its 40th anniversary celebration of 1988. Most of the action is in preparation and narration of 1973's Yom Kippur War. The next 15 years are summarily handled.

    25. Well-written and absorbingThe Glory is a well-written and absorbing historical drama about the State of Israel since the six day war. Wouk uses historical figures with fictional ones to bring about an easily read and absorbing work.

    26. Superb, inspiring book about the courage required as Israel was brutally attacked. I remember the '67 war as though it were this morning, though I was only 10 years old. I didn't need an adult to tell me the significance of Jerusalem once again part of the Jewish nation.

    27. I could lose my job, because I don't want to stop reading.Wow. Like War and Remembrance and Winds of War a story based on real historical facts,behind-the-scenes politics weaving fictional characters throughout the times to give the past a flavor. Mr. Wouk you are the master.

    28. Well written, but this type of book highlights exactly what is wrong when characters are unsypmpathetic. Not that Wouk didn't write his characters to be sympathetic, but the whole history of what's going on in Israel just makes me really angry at all sides involved.

    29. The Glory was slightly slower to read than The Hope due to more war scenes that I personally was not as interested in, but still a great sequel and necessary to create the full picture of Israel in its formative years. Both, in order, are highly recommended.

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