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Fall of Giants

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Fall of Giants

The Century Trilogy, Book 1

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....

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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    Table of Contents

    Title Page

    Copyright Page

    Dedication


    CHAPTER ONE - June 22, 1911


    PART ONE - THE DARKENING SKY

    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 - Mid-July 1914

    CHAPTER NINE - Late July 1914

    CHAPTER TEN - August 1—3, 1914

    CHAPTER ELEVEN - August 4, 1914


    PART TWO - THE WAR of GIANTS

    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 NINETEEN - July to October 1916

    CHAPTER TWENTY - November to December 1916

    CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE - December 1916

    CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO - January and February 1917

    CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE - March 1917

    CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR - April 1917

    CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE - May and June 1917

    CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX - Mid-June 1917

    CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN - June to September 1917

    CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT - October and November 1917

    CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE - March 1918

    CHAPTER THIRTY - Late March and April 1918

    CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE - May to September 1918

    CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO - October 1918

    CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE - November 11, 1918


    PART THREE - THE WORLD MADE NEW

    CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR - November to December 1918

    CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE - December 1918 to February 1919

    CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX - March to April 1919

    CHAPTER THIRTY-SEVEN - May and June 1919

    CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT - August to October 1919

    CHAPTER THIRTY-NINE - January 1920

    CHAPTER FORTY - February to December 1920

    CHAPTER FORTY-ONE - November 11—12, 1923

    CHAPTER FORTY-TWO - December 1923 to January 1924


    Historical Characters

    Acknowledgements

    Excerpt from: The Edge of Eternity

    About the Author

    PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF KEN FOLLETT

    Fall of Giants


    "Follett at his finest . . . [a] sweeping epic that will thrill his fans for hours on end."

    —The Huffington Post


    "Follett once again creates a world at once familiar and fantastic. . . . A guiltless pleasure, the book is impossible to put down. . . . Empires fall. Heroes rise. Love conquers. After going through a war with these characters, you're left hoping that Follett gets moving with the next giant installment."

    Time Out New York


    "Grand in scope, scale, and story."

    —The Associated Press


    "Suspenseful, tightly constructed, sharply characterized, plot-driven."

    The Seattle Times


    World Without End


    "[A] well-researched, beautifully detailed portrait of the late Middle Ages. . . . Follett's no-frills prose does its job, getting smoothly through more than a thousand pages of outlaws, war, death, sex, and politics to end with an edifice that is as well constructed and solid as Merthin's bridge. A."

    The Washington Post


    "Makes for giddy chutes-and-ladders reading. . . a breathless entertainment."

    Los Angeles Times


    "Juicy historical fiction."

    USA Today


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    "An epic tale in which you will willingly lose yourself for quite a...

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