Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy

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Penguin, Aug 30, 2011 - Fiction - 960 pages
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Ken Follett’s magnificent new historical epic begins as five interrelated families move through the momentous dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. 

A thirteen-year-old Welsh boy enters a man’s world in the mining pits. . . . An American law student rejected in 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 deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with a German spy. . . . And two orphaned Russian brothers embark on radically different paths when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution. 

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, Fall of Giants takes us into the inextricably entangled fates of five families—and into a century that we thought we knew, but that now will never seem the same again. . . . 
 

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Fall of Giants is the first book in the trilogy that portrays the glory and heartache of the 20th Century. Follett has chosen to tell his tale through a family from England, Germany, Russia, the ... Read full review

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Normally I would rate this higher. It is very well written. I think i was about halfway through the book and I just wanted to read something else for a while and I never got back to it. I'm not sure ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER TWO January 1914
CHAPTER THREE February 1914
CHAPTER FOUR March 1914
CHAPTER FIVE April 1914
CHAPTER SIX June 1914
CHAPTER SEVEN Early July 1914
CHAPTER EIGHT MidJuly 1914
CHAPTER NINE Late July 1914
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO January and February 1917
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE March 1917
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR April 1917
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE May and June 1917
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX MidJune 1917
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT October and November 1917
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE March 1918
CHAPTER THIRTY Late March and April 1918

CHAPTER TEN August 13 1914
CHAPTER ELEVEN August 4 1914
CHAPTER TWELVE Early to Late August 1914
CHAPTER THIRTEEN September to December 1914
CHAPTER FOURTEEN February 1915
CHAPTER FIFTEEN June to September 1915
CHAPTER SIXTEEN June 1916
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN July 1 1916
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN Late July 1916
CHAPTER TWENTY November to December 1916
CHAPTER TWENTYONE December 1916
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO October 1918
CHAPTER THIRTYTHREE November 11 1918
CHAPTER THIRTYFOUR November to December 1918
CHAPTER THIRTYSIX March to April 1919
CHAPTER THIRTYSEVEN May and June 1919
CHAPTER THIRTYEIGHT August to October 1919
CHAPTER FORTY February to December 1920
CHAPTER FORTYTWO December 1923 to January 1924
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Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Follett’s first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War. 
 
In 1989 The Pillars of the Earth was published, and has since become the author's most successful novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah’s Book Club pick.
 
Its sequel, World Without End, proved equally popular, and the Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide. The third book, A Column of Fire, will be published by Viking in Fall 2017.
 
Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors. 

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