Winter of the World

Winter of the World

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Ken Follett follows up his #1 New York Times bestseller Fall of Giants with a brilliant, page-turning epic about the heroism and honor of World War II, and the dawn of the atomic age.

Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants, the first novel in his extraordinary new historical epic, The Century Trilogy, was an international sensation, acclaimed as “sweeping and fascinating, a book that will consume you for days or weeks” (USA Today) and “grippingly told and readable to the end” (The New York Times Book Review). “If the next two volumes are as lively and entertaining as Fall of Giants,” said The Washington Post, “they should be well worth waiting for.”

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, Welsh—enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.

Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until she commits a deed of great courage and heartbreak. . . . American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific. . . . English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism. . . . Daisy Peshkov, a driven American social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set, until the war transforms her life, not just once but twice, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war—but the war to come.

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as their experiences illuminate the cataclysms that marked the century. From the drawing rooms of the rich to the blood and smoke of battle, their lives intertwine, propelling the reader into dramas of ever-increasing complexity.

As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. With passion and the hand of a master, he brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.


Random House, Inc.
Ken Follett follows up his #1 New York Times bestseller Fall of Giantswith a brilliant, page-turning epic about the heroism and honor of World War II, and the dawn of the atomic age.

Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants, the first novel in his extraordinary new historical epic, The Century Trilogy, was an international sensation, acclaimed as “sweeping and fascinating, a book that will consume you for days or weeks” (USA Today) and “grippingly told and readable to the end” (The New York Times Book Review). “If the next two volumes are as lively and entertaining asFall of Giants,” said The Washington Post, “they should be well worth waiting for.”

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, Welsh—enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.

Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until she commits a deed of great courage and heartbreak. . . . American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific. . . . English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism. . . . Daisy Peshkov, a driven American social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set, until the war transforms her life, not just once but twice, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war—but the war to come.

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as their experiences illuminate the cataclysms that marked the century. From the drawing rooms of the rich to the blood and smoke of battle, their lives intertwine, propelling the reader into dramas of ever-increasing complexity.

As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. With passion and the hand of a master, he brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.

Baker & Taylor
Continues the stories of five interrelated families who struggle with social, political, and economic turmoil in the mid-twentieth century, during which they witness the rise of Nazi Germany, the Spanish Civil War, and the horrors of World War II.

Baker
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A follow-up to the best-selling Fall of Giants continues the stories of five interrelated families from different world regions who struggle with social, political and economic turmoil in the years leading up to World War II, during which Carla considers a dangerous act against the Nazis, brothers Woody and Chuck pursue respective paths to key world events and Lloyd takes a stand against Communism.

Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2012
ISBN: 9780525952923
0525952926
Branch Call Number: FICTION FOLLETT
Characteristics: 940 p. cm

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DominiqueRossier
Jan 12, 2019

Not quite as good at the first volume of the Century Trilogy, but still very enjoyable. The main events of WW2 are, hopefully, part of most people's education and yet Follett's novel remains thrilling. Almost anyone can, I believe, learn some little known details, but his real strength as an author is that he delivers history in an emotionally charged way. Killing off the very likeable Walter von Ulrich (one of the main characters of Fall of Giants), for example, makes the reader better aware of the brutality of the Nazi regime towards numerous German citizens than giving the numbers of Germans arrested, tortured or killed by the Nazis (anyway, such a number cannot be precisely determined or agreed upon).
Even if they allow the plot to move forward, the ever-deepening connections between the various families are annoying. It is reminiscent of low-quality TV shows that have thousands of episodes... I wonder what it will be like in Edge of Eternity…

Barbarajean Dec 10, 2018

Ken Follett is a master storyteller, but in my opinion his daunting tomes are best consumed as downloadable audiobooks. John Lee is the narrator of all of Follett's audiobooks and is one of the best audiobook readers I have ever heard. Listening to his deep, dramatic voice keeps the listener spellbound, and his way with accents makes the listening experience almost like going to a play. I highly recommend the Century Trilogy, of which this particular title is volume 2 of the series, in audiobook format.

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LorenJones
Jan 13, 2017

The Century Trilogy - By Ken Follett
This historical epic follows five interrelated families through the First World War, the Russian Revolution, World War two, the cold war, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. A great story, with an almost Dickensian list of memorable characters who’s complex lives and generations unfold over many decades. Not since The Pillars of the Earth has Ken Follett written an historical novel of this magnitude and quality. A wonderful story. After finishing the trilogy I wrote to Follett, telling him that the only thing wrong with it was that it ended. He wrote me back a nice thank you note.

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trcookIIImddmd
Jan 03, 2017

More of old horndog Follet's soft porn(directed toward women who love that crap: who read Fifty Shades of Gray? Not one man--maybe a fag or two). Soft porn and political correctness, Follet's melieu: Greg loves the black whore; Woody's brother Chuck is a fag,"at least he's not a Republican." Follet is a true second-rate author.

Some fag tagged this as offensive; well sucking the pole is offensive to me, or muff-diving if it was some big fat disgusting lesbo.

M_ALCOTT May 08, 2015

Winter of the World is the second installment in Ken Follett's "The Century Trilogy". It follows the same five families(Welsh, English, German, Russian, and American), which were introduced to readers in The Fall of Giants. The novel is just as interesting and well written as the first in the trilogy. And coincidentally, today, May 8th, is the 70th anniversary of VE Day, which marked the end of World War II in Europe.

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dvalkenaar
Dec 22, 2014

#2 of 3

ehbooklover Aug 31, 2014

The second installment in Follett’s Century trilogy, this book follows the lives of the children of the characters that the reader met in “The Fall of Giants” and focuses on the events occurring during the time period of 1933 to 1949. Lots of great characters (the list provided at the front of the book is definitely helpful) from all different walks of life tell the story of WWII from the point of view of Germany, Russia, the UK, and the US. An epic, fascinating and disturbing read that I couldn’t put down for any length of time. I look forward to the final title in this series.

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dinkthecat
Aug 27, 2014

I am plowing through just to see the end but . . . boy, he is so heavy-handed with dialogue and has very little understanding of 1930's social mores (little things like, black was worn only by women well over 30; dating between a white man (of upper/wealthy class) and a black woman in 1930's NY was out of the question). His characters are so shallow, it is depressing.

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zipread
Aug 07, 2014

Winter of the World by Ken Follett. Follet is an accomplished author who uses words the way a painer uses oils. The finished canvas is amazing. This book is the second part of a trilogy that takes us from post-WW I England and Germany to the aftermath of the second World War. Suffering, displacement, and trauma are the order of the day. Communism, fascism, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill change the world in ways unimaginable only a few years before. Once you start, you can’t put this book down. Poignant, engaging, riveting. You’ve got to read it.

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lindsayrdew
Apr 29, 2014

Just bad writing.

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