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Herman Wouk, Author

Herman Wouk died today. His book, The Winds of War, is my favorite novel. For some reason, I began rereading it last night. War and Remembrance was also a worthy read. These two books should be at the top of everyone's reading list.

Apparently, Wouk spent 13 years researching those books and it certainly showed in his grasp of historic detail and the mind of FDR which he unmasked for the reader. Wouk’s WWII novels left a lasting impression on me.

At Wouk’s 80th birthday celebration in Washington, DC, he was referred to as an American Tolstoy. And I agree. Both Wouk and Tolstoy wrote books of enduring value that will withstand the test of time. Wouk was 103 when he died but he continued writing until near the end. While he may have passed on, his words will live on to document a place in history that must always be remembered.

Rest in peace, Herman Wouk. And may your legacy inspire writers to follow in your footsteps.

Barbara Anne King

Written on May 17, 2019

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