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Fall of Giants : The Century Trilogy : Book 1 - Ken Follett

Fall of Giants

The Century Trilogy : Book 1

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Published: 4th September 2012
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep, beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic.

The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families-American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh-as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man's world in the Welsh mining pits...Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House...two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution...Billy's sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London...

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as, in a saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. It is destined to be a new classic.

In future volumes of The Century Trilogy, subsequent generations of the same families will travel through the great events of the rest of the twentieth century, changing themselves-and the century itself. With passion and the hand of a master, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.

About the Author

Ken Follett was twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller that became an international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth, about the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages, which continues to captivate readers all over the world. His last book was the long-awaited sequel, World Without end, a number one bestseller in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara Follett.

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History made interesting!

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Having not done History at school and never really finding a true historical book about World War 2 interesting, this one was! The way Ken Follett wraps everyday people into the history telling makes you feel as though you were there and the empathy you feel more pronounced. The heart wrenching experiences are even more poignant and memorable than if you'd read a history book.He always prefaces his historians so that you know that you can rely on the facts as referenced.

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book one read, now can't wait for book 2

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I learned many interesting fact from this book will be read again at a later date!

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Praise for Fall of Giants "Follett is masterly in conveying so much drama and historical information so vividly . . . grippingly told." --The New York Times Book Review "Follett conjures the winds of war." --The Washington Post"A good read. . . . It's a book that will suck you in, consume you for days or weeks . . . then let you out the other side both entertained and educated. That's quite the feat." --USA Today"Grand in scope, scale, and story." --The Associated Press "Follett entwines fiction and factual events well. . . . This is a dark novel, motivated by an unsparing view of human nature and a clear-eyed scrutiny of an ideal peace. It is not the least of Follett's feats that the reader finishes this near thousand-page book intrigued and wanting more." --Chicago Sun-Times"Fascinating, in a big way." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch"Fall of Giants is a book for you to savor, one in which you can lose yourself for hours on end. It is a big book that tells a big story, but it is one you will not want to end." --The Huffington Post "Follett once again creates a world at once familiar and fantastic. . . . A guiltless pleasure, the book is impossible to put down. . . . Empires fall. Heroes rise. Love conquers. After going through a war with these characters, you're left hoping that Follett gets moving with the next giant installment." --Time Out New York "A suspenseful epic." --The Seattle Times "Tantalizing." --Newsday Praise for Fall of Giants "Follett is masterly in conveying so much drama and historical information so vividly . . . grippingly told." --The New York Times Book Review "Follett conjures the winds of war." --The Washington Post"A good read. . . . It's a book that will suck you in, consume you for days or weeks . . . then let you out the other side both entertained and educated. That's quite the feat." --USA Today"Grand in scope, scale, and story." --The Associated Press "Follett entwines fiction and factual events well. . . . This is a dark novel, motivated by an unsparing view of human nature and a clear-eyed scrutiny of an ideal peace. It is not the least of Follett's feats that the reader finishes this near thousand-page book intrigued and wanting more." --Chicago Sun-Times"Fascinating, in a big way." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch"Fall of Giants is a book for you to savor, one in which you can lose yourself for hours on end. It is a big book that tells a big story, but it is one you will not want to end." --The Huffington Post "Follett once again creates a world at once familiar and fantastic. . . . A guiltless pleasure, the book is impossible to put down. . . . Empires fall. Heroes rise. Love conquers. After going through a war with these characters, you're left hoping that Follett gets moving with the next giant installment." --Time Out New York "A suspenseful epic." --The Seattle Times "Tantalizing." --Newsday "Follett is masterly in conveying so much drama and historical information so vividly . . . grippingly told." The New York Times Book Review"Follett entwines fiction and factual events well. . . . This is a dark novel, motivated by an unsparing view of human nature and a clear-eyed scrutiny of an ideal peace. It is not the least of Follett's feats that the reader finishes this near thousand-page book intrigued and wanting more." Chicago Sun-Times"A good read. . . . It's a book that will suck you in, consume you for days or weeks . . . then let you out the other side both entertained and educated. That's quite the feat." USA Today"Fall of Giantsis a book for you to savor, one in which you can lose yourself for hours on end. It is a big book that tells a big story, but it is one you will not want to end." The Huffington Post"Fascinating, in a big way." St. Louis Post-Dispatch"A suspenseful epic." The Seattle Times "Tantalizing." Newsday "Follett conjures the winds of war." The Washington Post "Grand in scope, scale, and story." The Associated Press" Follett is masterly in conveying so much drama and historical information so vividly grippingly told. "The New York Times Book Review" "Fall of Giants" is classic Follett. "USA Today " Follett conjures the winds of war. "The Washington Post " Grand in scope, scale, and story. The Associated Press A suspenseful epic. "The Seattle Times " Tantalizing. "Newsday" Fascinating, in a big way. "St. Louis Post-Dispatch""

Ken Follett

Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote The Eye of the Needle, the award-winning novel which became an international bestseller and a distinguished film. Before that he had been a newspaper reporter and a publishing executive after studying philosophy at University College, London. He has since written eleven equally successful novels and the non-fiction bestseller On Wings of Eagles. He lives with his family in London and Hertfordshire.

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ISBN: 9780451232854
ISBN-10: 0451232852
Series: Century Trilogy
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 942
Published: 4th September 2012
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.1 x 10.8  x 4.3
Weight (kg): 0.41