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Follett takes you to a time long past with brio and razor-sharp storytelling. An epic tale in which you will lose yourself. -The Denver Post on World Without End Ken Folletts World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep...

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Follett takes you to a time long past with brio and razor-sharp storytelling. An epic tale in which you will lose yourself.

-The Denver Post on World Without End

Ken Folletts World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep, beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics as well-researched, beautifully detailed with a terrifically compelling plot (The Washington Post) and wonderful history wrapped around a gripping story (St. Louis Post- Dispatch)

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 womens suffrage.

Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a mans world in the Welsh mining pits...Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilsons 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...Billys 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.

A few words about book's 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.


As a young boy growing up in Cardiff, Wales, Ken Folletts love for all things literary began early on. The son of devoutly religious parents who didnt allow their children to watch television or even listen to the radio, Follett found himself drawn to the library. It soon became his favorite place — its shelves full of stories providing his escape, and ultimately, his inspiration. Folletts more formal education took place years later at Londons University College, where he studied philosophy — a choice that, as he explains on his official Web site, he believes guided his career as an author. There is a real connection between philosophy and fiction, Follet explains. In philosophy you deal with questions like: ‘Were sitting at this table, but is the table real? A daft question, but in studying philosophy, you need to take that sort of thing seriously and have an off-the-wall imagination. Writing fiction is the same. After graduating in 1970, a journalism class touched off Folletts career as a writer. He started out covering beats for the South Wales Echo, and later wrote a column for Londons Evening News. Becoming more and more interested in writing fiction on evenings and weekends, however, Follett soon realized that books were his true business, and in 1974 he went to work for Everest Books, a humble London publishing house. After releasing a few of his own novels to less than thunderous acclaim —including The Shakeout (1975) and Paper Money (1977) — Follett finally hit it big with 1978s Eye of the Needle. The taut, edgy thriller with more than a dash of sex appeal flew off the shelves, winning the Edgar award and allowing Follett to quit his job and get to work on his next book, Triple. Showing no signs of a sophomore slump, Triple went on to spark a string of bestselling spy thrillers, including The Key to Rebecca (1980), The Man from St. Petersburg (1982), and Lie Down with Lions (1986). 1983s On Wings of Eagles was an interesting departure — a nonfiction account of how two of Ross Perots employees were rescued from Iran in 1979. Follett changed direction even more sharply in 1989, surprising fans with The Pillars of the Earth — a novel set in the Middle Ages many critics considered his crowning achievement. A novel of majesty and power, said The Chicago Sun-Times of Folletts epic story. It will hold you, fascinate you, surround you. Folletts next three books were a trio considered to be more suspenseful than thrill-filled — Night Over Water (1991), A Dangerous Fortune (1993) and A Place Called Freedom (1995), but The Third Twin (1996) and The Hammer of Eden (1998) marked a return to Folletts trademark capers. The wartime novels Code to Zero (2000) and Jackdaws (2001) showcased Folletts unique ability to tell stories of international conflict and tell them well, according to Larry King in USA Today. Follett hits the mark again (Publishers Weekly) with his latest story of international intrigue, Hornet Flight (2002) — the WWII story of a young couple trying to escape occupied Denmark in a rebuilt Hornet Moth biplane who become unwitting carriers of top-secret information. In a way, Folletts smash-hit success has allowed him to give back to the library of Cardiff, Wales — by filling its shelves with his own transporting tales.

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Eye of the Needle was made into a major motion picture, and four of Folletts books have been made into television mini-series: The Key to Rebecca, Lie Down with Lions, On Wings of Eagles and The Third Twin — the rights for which were sold to CBS for the record sum of $1,400,000. A very civic-minded soul, Follett is quite involved in his Hertfordshire community, serving as President of the Dyslexia Institute, Council Member of the National Literacy Trust, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chair of Governors of the Roebuck Primary School & Nursery, Patron of Stevenage Home-Start, director of the Stevenage Leisure Ltd. and Vice-President of the Stevenage Borough Football club.

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