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THE WINDS OF WAR by Herman Wouk. 885 pages. Little, Brown. $10.

Somewhere between the perspectives of history and the warmth of personal recollection, the American experience of World War II lingers on in a peculiar compartment of the mind. For most people under 30, that war may already be one with Bull Run and Thermopylae. But anyone 40 or above is likely to remember it—whether in horror or in heroism—as the shaping experience of a lifetime. Despite ambiguities and reservations laid down by the revisionists, it was, after all, a struggle in which...

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