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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.

Book Reviews

Winter of the World
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4.3 / 5
Winter of the World
November 23rd, 2015
Interesting perspectives from each of the families struggling through WW2. A compelling, entertaining and enjoyable read. Time now to read the third book in the trilogy The Edge of Eternity.
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Good Read.
September 17th, 2015
Well woven story in the end. A little difficult to get into in the beginning, but eventually learned to care about the characters. Interesting to read the imagined viewpoint of German people regarding WWII. I wonder how much of it was based on research.
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winter of the world
June 30th, 2015
it is a book that keeps you at the edge of your seat. it changes courses without notice & leaves you anxious to find out what is happening with the characters you just left as you now read about the others you have been wondering about. i am looking forward to readiing the 3rd book in this trilogy
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Winter of the World
March 29th, 2015
Good book. If history was taught this way I might of actually learned somehing. Can hardly wait to start the third book.
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A great read!
March 2nd, 2015
Really enjoyed the first 2 of the trilogy. Can't wait for the next and final book of the series. At the same time - I'll be sorry that it's over. Ken Follett is a fabulous story teller!
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Winter of the World
February 20th, 2015
An excellent gripping novel! Ken Follett has an easy relaxed style of writing that draws the reader into the lives of the characters.
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Winter of the World
November 9th, 2014
Good history, easy read.
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Winter of the World
October 31st, 2014
Great book and although it is a novel, it gives a good account of history. I can't wait to start the third book of this trilogy.
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Winter of the world.
October 22nd, 2014
Very well done.
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Winter of the World
October 5th, 2014
I'm astonished Mr. Follet hardly mentions the Holocaust. Such a profound omission!
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Great read
July 24th, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love how Ken Fillet always has wonderful characters as well as history facts throughout his books. This book made me laugh, cry, and stay up for endless hours at night wanting more.
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Winter of the World
July 8th, 2014
Not as gripping as the first book, but it picks up towards the end.
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Awesome!
June 18th, 2014
So well written, so filled with political intrigue, so Follett!!
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Winter of The World
May 31st, 2014
Faith, Hope & Love. Just a few of the ingredients in this epic read.
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Excellent Read
March 5th, 2014
Like most of hi novels, easy read and great character development.
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Amazing!!
February 24th, 2014
What a great sequel to Fall of Giants! Very captivating book and gives you the perspective of that time in history from all different viewpoints, American, Russian, German and British all captured in a great storyline.
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Winter of the World
February 18th, 2014
Another great read. What a wonderful way to expose the reader to the realities of history! Too bad everyone doesn't take the time to read these books, take a step back and apply the mistakes of last generations to make a more forgiving, understanding world for the future.
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Exciting book- loved it!
February 13th, 2014
Love learning history through Mr.Folletts book characters! So well researched - never want his books to end.
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February 6th, 2014
Great book, very well written. Follett picks up where he left off with "Fall of Giants". Really enjoyed how he continued to weave a web of characters intertwined across continental, political and social divides. Very Entertaining.
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January 23rd, 2014
I loved this book. After reading The Fall of Giants, I could not wait to read this one and find out how WWII affected the lives of the characters. I could not put this book down. I have recommended these two books to a number of my friends and family and all that have read them enjoyed them just as much as I did. I am looking forward to reading the third book in this trilogy. Brenda Rogers
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January 22nd, 2014
Although not quite finished book find it totally adictive reading not only is it very well written but also very informative with regard to the horrors of war along with the roles taken by ordinary people from all sides of the conflict . Ken is certainly up with the best authors in this type of novel - very well written with enough info about the war to enlighten us who have been lucky not to have lived through the world wars .
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Just Ok...
November 18th, 2013
Whereas it is definitely a good story, I can say that it was not as much of a page-turner as the first book of the series. At some points in the book it was a definite slog where I could only read for short periods of time. He really is a great writer though and I thought it was, in the end, worth the effort.
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Book 2 in World Trilogy...
November 4th, 2013
Ken Follett has written another spell binding series surrounding the events of WW I & WW II. While I enjoyed book 2 in this series (Winter of the World) I have to admit that I liked the 1st book (Fall of Giants) more. I am looking forward to reading the last book though.
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
November 2nd, 2013
Ken Follett's books tell inside stories of true facts about history that probably are not known by the average reader. The information in this trilogy (one book still to come) contains so much history made more believable as told by his fictictious characters. I have not read all of his books but the four I have read keep my interest to the last page. True facts in Winter of the World are still as miserable as if I was there alongside his fictional person. I am looking forward to the last book in this series.
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1 person found this helpful
November 2nd, 2013
I really liked this book, details where right on, asked my husband about the history facts and where right on. Great read.
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November 2nd, 2013
I really enjoy this book....it was so intriging.
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2 of 2 people found this helpful
November 2nd, 2013
Absolutely great! The book has several characters who intertwine, sometimes unknowingly, with each other. During my time reading I wanted to know who was going to do what next. It is a page turner.
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November 2nd, 2013
I loved this book and have recommended it many times. I can't wait for the third part of the trilogy.
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November 2nd, 2013
Couldn't put it down. Very captivating from beginning to end. Great follow up to pillars of the earth and easy to pick up different characters stories.
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October 31st, 2013
Really describes the world at that period. We never really learned very much about that time in school and no internet to help us undeerstand what it was like, especially in Europe. Adults that were alive at that time often don't want to talk about it. Can't wait for the third book!
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Winter of the world
October 30th, 2013
Don't read this book unless you have no other commitments. You'll find yourself waking up in the middle of the night wondering what's happening next.
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October 27th, 2013
Hard to put down. Ken Follet can really bring history to life and have simultaneous events happening in different areas of the world. A dark part of our history brought to life with great character development. Anxiously waiting for the next book
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Winter of the world
October 25th, 2013
I read fall of giants and could hardly wait for this book. I enjoyed the continuity of the characters and the the details of the history of the time. I know that a century is a long time to cover but I feel that a small prologue about the Great Depression would have helped tie together the end of the first book and the start of this one. Not every one is well versed in the history of North America and Europe .
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October 16th, 2013
Loved the historical aspect of this trillogy cant wait for the final book.
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October 16th, 2013
I loved this book. a A long read, just great for those fall nights!
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October 14th, 2013
Ken Follett continues to capture the reader with each novel. The interesting characters intertwined with real historical events always makes an entertaining read. Looking forward to his next one!
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October 14th, 2013
This is a good read. At times it lags but overall good character development and engaging. Picks up well from the last book.
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October 13th, 2013
I absolutely loved this first book I ever read by Ken Follet, a riveting story from start to finish that took us through such historical detail ... Though at times labouring in his descriptions of the finer art of building cathedrals. The fact that it took the reader out of the little village all the way to the pilgrimage walk that we've seen lately in the movie "the way" .. An extra little treat as we were very enthrall end with that notion ourselves, but to imagine searching for your loved one, baby in tow back in that century, and to have sewn up the story fairly happily with all the characters I so loved by the end was another treat. Actually also liked how the author drew me in to want to read the next book, and that he was smart to skip a few centuries, leaving these characters to their happy endings, but with enough of a hint of inherited traits to the next batch. I am now quite ready to read more Ken follet stories, new and old.
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October 6th, 2013
An enjoyable read, continuing the stories started in "Fall of Giants", and introducing new and fascinating characters. The book is particularly interesting for younger people who aren't familiar with World War II's beginnings and the rise of Nazism.
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October 4th, 2013
As the trilogy continues from Fall of Giants one is now so involved with the 5 families in these novels.The horror all countries and its people endured leading up to and during WW2 makes you fear for and worry about these families with good reason.I could not put this book down and it certainly is an emotional roller coaster What a fabulous writer I can't wait to get the third book
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Life.
September 28th, 2013
Ken has keen insight of human personality and community. Must read for everyone. Peace to all.
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Entertaining
August 26th, 2013
Never paid full price for a book until this one. Ken deserves every dime, great story and I learned a lot about history.
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Winter of the World
July 27th, 2013
Another enjoyable read from Ken Follett. Can't wait for the third installment of this Century Trilogy.
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Just as good as the first book
July 18th, 2013
Loved the characters and the story. Just as good a read as the first book!
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Winter of the World
July 2nd, 2013
Waiting patiently for the next installment!
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Wanting more!
July 1st, 2013
Ok! I need book 3 now!!!
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Sleepless nights
June 22nd, 2013
A real page turner. One more chapter, then I'll go to sleep,said I many times. Great characterizations. Shows the unfortunate success of brutality but also the eventual triumph of honorable people.
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Ken Follett's Winter of The World
March 27th, 2013
Excellent read! Loved it just as much as Fall of Giants. Where's the third book?
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Historian
March 17th, 2013
Ken Follett gives an insight of why and how the Second WW developed through the eyes of different families, ending with the fall of the Iron curtain. Well written and cathcing!
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Winter of the World
March 5th, 2013
Loved it. Some very emotional reading towards the end. Can't wait for book 3.
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Reader
February 13th, 2013
Fantastic read. Follet has the unique ability to mesh captivating story lines with factual historical context that aid in understanding the state of the world through the eyes of the characters in the time.
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Winter of the World
February 10th, 2013
I was there as I read a good read.
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Winter of the World
February 10th, 2013
I was there as I read a good read.
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Interesting
February 6th, 2013
Unlike most of Follet's work I was able to put this one down. I love the mix of history and fiction but there was too much coincidence and the characters were so similar. It needed a Hamleigh. I'll still look forward to number three.
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Educational
February 5th, 2013
Loved the characters. Can't wait for the third one.
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2nd book in trilogy
January 28th, 2013
Yet again Ken Follett has pinned me to my sofa. Thank goodness for my eReader or my hands would be sooo sore.
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A Good Read
January 26th, 2013
Good read. I look forward to the third and final installment.
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