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Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy
 
 
Author
Ken Follett.
Publisher Signet  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780451232854
Pages/Publication Date 942/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29757
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"On the day King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London, Billy Williams went down the pit in Aberowen, South Wales. The twenty-second of June, 1911, was Billy's thirteenth birthday," begins this epic novel from the author of World Without End and The Pillars of the Earth. At the same time, an American law student rejected by love finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House; a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses into forbidden territory when she falls in love with a German spy; and two Russian brothers embark on radically different paths when their plan to emigrate to America is derailed by war, conscription, and revolution. More than 900 pages long yet gripping to the end, this first book in Ken Follett's Century trilogy follows the entangled lives of five families as the old order of British aristocracy, Russian royalty, German imperialism, and American isolationism are swept away. This edition includes an excerpt from the second in the trilogy, Winter of the World.

"Follett's greatest virtue as a novelist is that he has been able to bring forward a writing style he perfected in his earlier thrillers.... Essentially, he's writing several interrelated books at once, without ever losing the inevitable forward impulse. And while it sounds bizarre to consider a book this huge a 'page-turner,' that's exactly what Fall of Giants is."—Seattle Times

"Follett is particularly adept at balancing multiple storylines, patiently building a portrait of interconnected lives. And he consistently gets the physical details right.... Perhaps the major reasons for the novel's ultimate success are Follett's comprehensive grasp of the historical record and his ability to integrate research into a colorful, engaging narrative."—Washington Post

 
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