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  • The Hope

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Mark Ashby
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Summary

Starting in 1948 and reaching its climax during the Six-Day War of 1967, The Hope begins the story of Israel, a country fighting for its life - outmatched and surrounded by enemies. Zev Barak, Sam Pasternak, Don Kishote, and Benny Luria are all officers in the Israeli Army, caught up in the sweep of history, fighting the desperate desert battles and meeting the larger-than-life personalities that shaped Israel’s fight for independence. The four heroes, and the women they love - three Israelis and one American - weave a compelling tapestry of individual destinies through the grand social history of one nation’s struggle against the odds.

Their story - and Israel’s - is concluded in The Glory, which picks up from the Six-Day War and carries through to the hope for peace of the Camp David accords. In this two-part epic, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Herman Wouk brings out the passion, romance, and heroism of Israel’s struggle for survival - adding to his oeuvre yet another enthralling saga that’s impossible to put down.

About the Author: Herman Wouk is one of the most widely-read American authors in the world. His books have been translated into 27 languages, and many of his works have become best sellers. He is perhaps best known for The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, an exhaustively-researched two-part historical series telling the story of World War II from the perspective of two fictional families whose lives were irrevocably changed by the war and the Holocaust. Sixteen years in the making, the epic involved extensive archival research including travel for research to England, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Israel. The Winds of War and War and Remembrance were adapted for television in a 30-hour series that won the 1989 Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries and was, according to ABC, “the most watched television show in history.”

Born in New York City to Russian-Jewish parents, Wouk graduated from Columbia University and started out working as a comedy writer for Fred Allen’s radio show. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, he joined the Navy, serving in eight Pacific invasions and earning several battle stars. During his service in the Pacific he had turned to writing, like Lieutenant Keefer in The Caine Mutiny, for an hour or two before dawn. After his discharge in 1946, Wouk finished his first novel, which became a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and he soon followed up with the international best sellers The Caine Mutiny, and Marjorie Morningstar.

Wouk won the 1952 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for The Caine Mutiny. He has also been awarded numerous academic honors, including a degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In January 2001, UC San Diego established the Herman Wouk Chair of Modern Jewish Studies, and in 2008 he was given the first Library of Congress Lifetime Achievement Award for the Writing of Fiction.

©1993, 2014 Herman Wouk (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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“One of our best writers today - a modern Charles Dickens - is Herman Wouk… The Hope is not only a good read, but it also causes a good think.” (William Safire, New York Times)

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from the Israeli point of view but not as good as The Winds of War. For me the characters merged and their stories were submerged by the political issues. Obviously these were vastly important but I always like characters to take centre stage. The phrase ‘Are you crazy?’ was used so often it drove me crazy! Definitely worth reading but I was left unsatisfied whereas I wanted more after The Winds of War.

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For a European it's unusual to get an Israeli perspective. This was very interesting and a good listen. Love interest worked OK for a war story. He's an outstanding writer when it comes to war!

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A very powerful and enjoyable piece of work

Herman Wouk weaves history and fiction together in a masterly fashion, depicting clearly the incredible story of the early days of the Jewish homeland. Well worth reading.

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