The Hope: A Novel

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Taking readers from 1948 to 1967 in Sinai, Jerusalem, and Washington D. C., a depiction of a struggling nation follows the adventures of sinister Mossad man, a religious ace fighter pilot, the daughter of a CIA man, and more. Reprint. NYT.

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Herman Wouk (born May 27, 1915) is an bestselling American author, with a number of notable novels to his credit, including The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance. He was born in New York City, into a Jewish family that had immigrated from Russia, and received an A.B. from Columbia University. He was first a radio scriptwriter, and worked with Fred Allen, then in 1941 worked for the US government on radio spots selling war bonds. Wouk then joined the United States Navy and served in the Pacific Theater, an experience he later characterized as educational; "I learned about machinery, I learned how men behaved under pressure, and I learned about Americans." His first ship was the USS Zane, then he was second-in-command on the Southard. He started his writing career onboard, working on a novel during his off-duty hours. He married Betty Sarah Brown in 1945, with whom he had three sons, became a fulltime writer in 1946, and published his debut novel, Aurora Dawn in 1947. In 1952, The Caine Mutiny received the Pulitzer Prize. In 1998, he received the Guardian of Zion Award.

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This novel of truly epic proportion deals with the conflict and drama of an evolving post-WWII Israel. Theodore Bikel is an ideal choice for this narrative interpretation. Dealing with numerous characters, he never misses a beat, shifting easily from one accent to another. In one scene, this listener could well imagine sitting in on an impromptu conference held in David Ben-Gurion's bedroom. While military personnel make somber predictions, Mrs. Ben-Gurion frets over the health of Israel's founding father. Production and vocal quality are superb; however, this is a ponderous work, and the minds of all but Wouk's most devoted readers may wander while listening. D.R.T. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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