The Winds of War - Herman Wouk

Topics: World War II, Soviet Union, Franklin D. Roosevelt Pages: 4 (1335 words) Published: April 13, 2013
Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War is based on a mixture of fictional and non-fictional characters in which are connected to Victor “Pug” Henry. Pug is a middle aged, United States Navy Commander with a wife, Rhoda, and three grown kids, Warren, Madeline, and Byron. His dream is to command an American battleship in the United States Navy. As the story starts, Pug is being assigned to naval diplomacy in Berlin, Germany six months before the invasion of Poland (1). While working as the attaché, Pug notices the plans for Germany to invade. It comes to his concern that this would immediately cause war with the Soviet Union. If Germany is to successfully invade Poland, they must make an agreement with the Soviets to not go to war even though they are obvious enemies. He submits a report predicting the Nazi-Soviet nonaggression pact. On August 23rd, 1939, the pact was written and signed by Germany and the Soviet Union (2). Once the pact was made public, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sees his report and is asked to be the unofficial eyes and ears in Europe. This is not necessarily the job he wants, but it gives him the upper hand in the political world. With this job, he travels to London, Rome, and Moscow. He meets very important people such as Winston Churchill, Benito Mussolini, and Joseph Stalin.

In the shadow of her husband, Rhoda is spending a lot of time alone. She has been enjoying the cultural aspects of Europe and exploring many places. Through Pug, she met a man by the name of Palmer Kirby. These two start spending much quality time together, going to operas, restaurants, and other events. Their relationship begins to grow closer and closer until it reaches a romantic point. At the same time, Pug also meets a woman whom may be a romantic interest. Her name is Pamela and is the daughter of a British radio star. Pug cannot come to a conclusion as to leave Rhoda for Pamela or to stay with Rhoda and leave Pamela heartbroken and alone. Towards the end of...
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