War and Peace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I remember my first attempt to read Tolstoy's historical account of the French Invasion of Russia. I was a college kid, majoring in English Literature, and spent a lot of time reading in Audubon Park in New Orleans, across the street from the campus. It was a great time, when my job was to read classical literature, and spend class time discussing it, and dorm time writing about it. However, the mere length of the book was daunting enough that I never was able to finish it. I mention this because I just downloaded the entire book to my Galaxy Note II in fewer than five seconds. I add to my phone's library when I have time, and have accumulated thousands of the best books of the age. I will never be able to read them all; but, isn't it great that technology now places the accumulated knowledge of the ages at our fingertips? If, like me, you are a reader, it is a great time to be alive.