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  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; Reprint edition (Aug. 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451232577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451232571
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.2 x 22.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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

About the Author

Ken Follett is the international bestselling author of suspense thrillers and the #1 bestseller The Pillars of the Earth, about the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages, and its long-awaited sequel, World Without End, a blockbuster bestseller in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Serravalle on Nov. 23 2011
Format: Paperback
Years ago I read a few of Ken Follett's thrillers: Lie Down With Lions comes to mind. I think I also read Key To Rebecca and Man From St Petersburg. Honestly, they were fun reads but none of them got under my skin like Pillars of the Earth released in 1989. Or eighteen long years later, World Without End.

I suppose Follett is best known for his thrillers. Goodness knows he's written twenty-odd. But it's his historical fiction I love. As far as I'm concerned the guy is a genius of the genre.

I don't know where Follett falls in literary circles. My guess is his work wouldn't be considered 'Literature' with a capital "L". Who cares? When it comes to storytelling, the man is pure gold.

His most recent work is Fall of Giants, Book One of the Century Trilogy. And the only negative thing I can say about it is I have to wait until the Fall of 2012 for the next installment, Winter of the World.

Fall of Giants is a giant of a book. Just shy of 1000 pages, it's a veritable door stopper. Despite its length, I read it faster than books a third of its size for the simple reason I couldn't put it down.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Weiss on Nov. 6 2010
Format: Hardcover
When Ken Follett was asked why he chose to write FALL OF GIANTS, the first novel in his planned CENTURY trilogy, the intersecting history of five families beginning in the early years of the twentieth century, he responded:

"The 20th century is the most dramatic and violent period in the history of the human race. We killed more people in the 20th century than in any previous century, in the trenches of World War I, in the Soviet Union under Stalin, in Germany under the Nazis, Spain under Franco. There was World War II and the bombing of Dresden by the British and Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was a horrible century and yet it is also the century of liberty."

"Very few countries were democratic before the First World War. In Britain in 1900, fewer than a quarter of the adult population had the vote. None of the women had the vote in any of these countries, so that's 50 per cent of the people who weren't allowed to take part in democracy. And the franchise was gradually extended to working class men, so democracy really only had a toehold in the world in 1900. Now we take it for granted, certainly in all the countries we think are "civilized." And that's a big contrast with what we did in terms of killing each other.
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132 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 15 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ken Follett's new novel, "Fall of Giants", is a big boy. It's so big that it could be used as a door stop for a steel door. But I have a feeling that most people reading this review already know it's a big book and don't expect anything less from Ken Follett.

"Giants" is the first in a trilogy about the 20th century. At least I assume it is, because this book is about the run-up to the "Great War" (WW1) and the four years of war. Follett, as usual, has many characters from Europe and the United States. Most are fictional but some are real. He has the talent to draw these many fictional characters with a deft brush, nuanced-enough to be distinguishable from each other. That's no mean feat, actually; how many novels have you read whose characters just blend into each other and you're never sure about who's who? To help out, though, Follett puts a "character page" in the front of the book.

I can't decide if the reader has to have fundamental knowledge of WW1 to appreciate this book. Follett is a pretty good amateur historian and he's written an excellent "historical novel". So, I guess it would appeal to, and help teach, readers of any kind. I thought the same thing about his novels about medieval England.

Follett follows the fortunes and fates of roughly 10 main characters. All intersect to a certain extent - thwarted lovers, Welsh miners-from-Russia, and diplomats-trying-to-prevent-war - in Follett's pages. I'm looking forward to Follett's next two books in the trilogy to learn what happens to these people as the 20th century unfolds. He's a good writer, as most anyone reading this book would probably agree.
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