Fall of Giants

Fall of Giants

eBook - 2011
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Follows the fates of five interrelated families--American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh--as they move through the dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2011.
ISBN: 9781101543559
1101543558
9781101540671
1101540672
Characteristics: 1 online resource : col. map.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive

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JaclynA Aug 31, 2014

This was a great book. It took me a while to get into it, but then it was very hard to put down. This would fall into the same vein as Follett's Pillars of the Earth. Well reaserched, massive cast of characters, overlapping plot lines. However one thing bugged me. With this book being so large, ... Read More »

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ehbooklover Oct 31, 2012

Extremely well researched historical saga that encompasses numerous themes such as coal mining, trade unions, women's suffrage, class distinctions, politics, government, revolution and war. The book is full of complicated characters that are compelling since they are not simply good or evil. I le... Read More »


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ArcticAndy
Aug 07, 2017

Great historical tale of WW I, the Russian Revolution and the fight for women’s suffrage in Great Britain from the viewpoints of various people: Welsh common people, English upper crust, Germans, Russians and Americans. At 985 pages it is a bit intimidating, but it is well worth the read. Liked Billy's speech in chapter 42 - right on the money. Highly recommended

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trcookIIImddmd
Oct 29, 2016

Nicely developed tale of pseudo-historical interest from the perspective of a committed liberal (all of whom should be committed) with enough soft-porn to interest women.

AL_FELICIA Aug 17, 2016

Great historical fiction novel. Follett took me all of the world and let me peer into the lives of these families at the start of WWI. It is a large, and therefore intimidating, book, but it is well worth the time it takes to read it. Get the ebook format and you won't have to worry about carrying around a heavy book.

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mzch
Jul 08, 2016

This book felt like a porny Downton Abbey. Fascinating historical overview, but Follett's juxtaposition of a modern, explicitly narrated sexual ethos with historical events was rather jarring. Loved the narrator.

It is always interesting to read about the motivation and the social mores which drove the world into WWI. The book is well researched and characters are heartbreakingly real.

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iRun
Jan 18, 2016

Returned mid-disc 6

M_ALCOTT Apr 01, 2015

Fall of Giants is not only the first book in The Century Trilogy by Ken Follet, but also the first time I've read anything by this author. The story follows five families(Welsh, British, German, Russian, and American) from different social classes, as they live through the events leading up to, during, and after the first World War. The story is well written and, even at 852 pages, keeps the reader interested in what happens to the central characters in the story. I enjoyed reading it, and would recommend it to anyone looking for really good historical fiction.

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JANET FLAPAN
Feb 01, 2015

Wonderful tale of WWI from the viewpoints of various people: Germans, Russians, English, Welsh, American. Good insights and history - as well as memorable characters.

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amg954
Dec 12, 2014

Loved this book! I am a big fan of Ken Follett and he has outdone himself. I love history and particularly the last century's conflicts but did not know a great deal of WW1. He made it so interesting and the narration is excellent. Can't be easy to do all the different accents. I cannot wait to listen to Book 2!

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Eil_1
Dec 11, 2014

I bought this book at Chapters for $4.00!! Amazing deal!

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