New York: Little Brown & Co, 1971. 12th printing. Hardcover. SIGNED "Best Wishes, Herman Wouk". TLS from Arthur H. Thornhill, President and Chairman of the Board for the publisher with the following statement: "This edition is limited to three hundred copies and will not be offered for sale anywhere. We have issued it to express our pride and delight in the reception readers throughout the country have given THE WINDS OF WAR." Mr. Thornhill also notes the limited edition copies were given in gratitude to the recipient and fellow collegues in the book trade for helping to make the novel one of the great successes of 1972. 8vo. 885pp. Black cloth spine over red cloth boards; gilt and red lettering to spine; housed in publisher's black slipcase. A fine copy in near fine slipcase. Item #18814
The Winds of War is Herman Wouk's second book about World War II, the first being The Caine Mutiny (1951). Published in 1971, it was followed up seven years later by War and Remembrance; originally conceived as one volume, Wouk decided to break it into 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. - wiki.