Herman Wouk's acclaimed novels include the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Caine Mutiny; Marjorie Morningstar; Don't Stop the Carnival; Youngblood Hawke; The Winds of War; War and Remembrance; Inside, Outside; The Hope; The Glory; and A Hole in Texas.
Nonagenarian Publitzer Prize winner Wouk, author of the sprawling World War II narratives The Winds of War and War and Remembrance and a devout student of the Talmud, here cobbles together episodes from his life's work, recalls his encounters with several scientists (most notably, Richard Feynman), and taps into key historical events (e.g., the 1969 moon landing) to create a rumination on belief in God in a skeptical, hyperrational, scientific age. Given the expansiveness of his previous writings, both fiction and nonfiction, this account is a condensation of a life spent pondering big ideas. Veteran audiobook producer/narrator Bob Walter guides listeners through this heavy material with a grandfatherly charm, strengthening Wouk's story. A manageable introduction to the author recommended for those interested in the confluence of science and religion.-Christopher Rager, Pasadena, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"...as engaging as [Wouk's] megaselling historical novels....Hard
not to like."--Booklist
"Extraordinary. Wouk's recounting of conversations with Richard Feynman is not to be missed."--Stanley B. Prusiner, Nobel Laureate, Director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases at Uni
"In a crowded book market filled with self-serving and redundant theories about humankind's place in the grand scheme, it is rare to encounter an original, honest, charming voice. Such is the case with Wouk's latest work....Wouk's humility, humor and insight make the book a joy to read and a wonder to contemplate...Authentic, accessible prose mixed with real insight."--Kirkus Reviews
"Masterful...After several readings, I keep finding new treasures in this fascinating book."--Maarten Schmidt, Francis L. Moseley Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus, California Institute of Techno
"This book will interest any person of faith who has followed Wouk's storied career and read his fiction."--Publishers Weekly
"With ease and intensity, Wouk leads us deep into the shadows between religion and science and shows us they are not separate mountains but one luminous, interconnected landscape. And yet, like the best of guides, he urges us to see and discover with our own eyes. A stunning rumination on life's important questions by a masterful storyteller."--Marisha Pessl, author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics
"In this book, as in his previous ones, whenever Herman Wouk speaks of God it is always with both exquisite curiosity and warmth."--Elie Wiesel
"Wouk's questions are pure, his exploration heartfelt, and his remarkable lifetime of experience couldn't be more relevant or necessary."--Jonathan Safran Foer