Century Trilogy #1
On Sale: September 28, 2010
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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
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.
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