“Peace, if it ever exists, will not be based on the fear of war, but on the love of peace": First Edition of Herman Wouk's The Winds of War; Warmly Inscribed by Him

  • The Winds of War.

The Winds of War.

Item Number: 73014

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1971.

First edition of Wouk’s masterpiece of historical fiction, a sweeping epic of World War II is the great novel of America’s Greatest Generation. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “Inscribed with great regard for Walter A. Haas, Sr. Herman Wouk Washington 5 Sept. 78.” Walter Haas was the son of the founder of Hellman-Haas Grocery (which became Smart & Final), was a former president and chairman of Levi Strauss & Co. Haas was credited with saving the once struggling company. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Jill Krementz.

Published in 1971, it was followed up seven years later by War and Remembrance; originally conceived as one volume, Wouk decided to break it in two when he realized it took nearly 1000 pages just to get to the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1983, it became a highly successful miniseries on the ABC television network.