Winter of the World

Winter of the World 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 t

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 atomicWinter 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.

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Winter of the World

  1. Ken Follett is one of the world s most successful authors Over 160 million copies of the 31 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages.Born on June 5, 1949, in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector, Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College, London, with an Honours degree in philosophy He was made a fellow of the college in 1995.He started his career as a reporter, first with his hometown newspaper, the South Wales Echo, and then with the London Evening News Subsequently, he worked for a small London publishing house, Everest Books, eventually becoming the deputy managing director.Ken s last project, the Century Trilogy, has sold 19.5 million copies worldwide The three books tell the story of the twentieth century through five generations on three continents Ken s first major success came with the publication of Eye of the Needle in 1978 A World War II thriller set in England, this book earned him the 1979 Edgar Award for Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America It remains one of his most popular books.In 1989, Ken s epic novel about the building of a medieval cathedral, The Pillars of the Earth, was published It reached number one on bestseller lists everywhere and was turned into a major television series produced by Ridley Scott, which aired in 2010 The next book in the Kingsbridge series, World Without End, the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, proved equally popular when it was published in 2007 The Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide.Ken has been active in numerous literacy charities and was the president of Dyslexia Action for ten years He was the chair of the National Year of Reading, a joint initiative between government and businesses He is also active in many Stevenage charities and is the president of the Stevenage Community Trust Ken also set up The Follett Trust, which awards single donations to the arts and in cases of social deprivation and education.Ken, who loves music almost as much as he loves books, is an enthusiastic bass guitar player in two bands He lives in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, with his wife, Barbara, the former Labour member of Parliament for Stevenage Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors.

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  1. 75 , Your Nazi friends don t know history, Father Said The Ancient Egyptians built the pyramids when Germans were living in caves Arabs ruled the world in the Middle Ages the Muslims were doing algebra when German princes could not write their own names It s nothing to do with race Se7en Reasons Why to Read Ken Follett s The Century Trilogy1 For Living the History Experience 1933 1949 2 With an Excellent Drama 3 Of Varaity of Characters 4 Of Different Nationalities 5 Including Real Historical C [...]

  2. I read the first of this trilogy Fall of Giants It was excellent Winter of the World continues in the same superlative fashion The narrative is quick and absorbing Through the eyes of interesting characters, you get a front row seat in the most memorable historical events that were really not that long ago The first book took me inside the world my grandparents experienced This one transported me into the events that shaped my parents The book provides in depth perspectives and describes how peo [...]

  3. My rating would have been 2 and one half stars if had given me the option Plus I think the divergence of this review from the average of the reviews for the book is as much due to the cognitive dissonance of not really enjoying a book that you ve slogged thru 960 pages to complete, than a passionate embrace of Winter As much as I liked the first volume of Follett s 20th Century Trilogy Fall of Giants I was disappointed by this second installment The back cover blurb These characters and many oth [...]

  4. Ken Follett is a mediocre writer, but a stellar storyteller His characters are cardboard, his dialogue wooden and on the nose, his prose pedestrian and perfunctory As for his punctuation of dialogue ugh I said Please take away Follett s colon key, stat No, Ken, a colon is not interchangeable with a comma But still the pages demand to be turned.WINTER OF THE WORLD picks up right after FALL OF THE GIANTS, with the sons and daughters of the latter novel s characters facing the Spanish Civil War, Wo [...]

  5. A journey through the horrors of World War 2 through the eyes of different people from England, the USA, Russia, and of course, Germany This starts with the NSDAP taking over German politics in 1933 and ends in 1949 with the separation of Germany into West and East Reading these 1000 pages was an emotional roller coaster After loving the Fall of Giants centered around WWl I had very high expectations The historical content definitely didn t disappoint Various POVs introduced British, American, R [...]

  6. Well, I just finished this thing and I did like it, but not as much as the first installment.The best part of this novel is the history, Follett is able to distill it into bite size little nuggets and integrate the info into readable dialogue I learned a ton about China and her role in the remaking of the UN, new information on why Japan was so aggressive during the run up to Pearl Harbor, atomic bomb development in the US, and many other historical antecedents of the Cold War.Follet just about [...]

  7. Congratulations, Ken Follett You ve taken the most destructive conflict this world has ever seen and turned it into a wan and tawdry soap opera Worse yet, you have cribbed unmercifully from Herman Wouk s Winds of War I m assuming Kenny is hoping that readers will be unaware that a 40 plus year old book already covered the same globe trotting style and settings that is the backbone for both novels If that was his aim, I can only envy the readers who haven t sampled Wouk s superior effort Perhaps [...]

  8. The 20th century is the most dramatic and violent period in the history of the human race We killed people in the 20th century than in any previous century, in the trenches of World War I, in the Soviet Union under Stalin, in Germany under the Nazis, Spain under Franco There was World War II and the bombing of Dresden by the British and Hiroshima and Nagasaki It was a horrible century and yet it is also the century of liberty.Very few countries were democratic before the First World War In Brit [...]

  9. I was a fan of Ken Follett s previous books Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and, to an extent, Fall of Giants but I really didn t enjoy this book I felt like he phoned it in or rushed to get it out quickly, which was disappointing My main problems with the novel were 1 unrealistic dialogue 2 extremely predictable plot points 3 characters you don t really care about although I did have a warm spot for Daisy and 4 lack of nuance complexity in characters However, I did think Follett did a [...]

  10. Ken Follett s second book in his Century trilogy Winter of theWorld is turning in to an excellent dramatisation of Eric Hobsbawm s The Age of Extremes.It has all the ingredients of Fall of Giants easy to read, absorbing, intriguing and never far from actuality of the age I would recommend this book to anyone who is not really into History but likes a cracking story.

  11. I was a First Reads winner I feel so lucky that I won a copy of this book I have a habit of opening a book and reading the first couple of sentences in the book If it doesn t grab my attention I have a hard time reading on I can t actually review this book yet because I am not quite done with Fall Of Giants yet, which I insist on finishing first I am really enjoying that book so far I love the setting and the characters are interesting I very much want to see what becomes of them I did also read [...]

  12. Fall of Giants, Book One of Ken Follett s The Century Trilogy, had ended in January 1924 at the finish of World War I and the Russian Revolution, showing a nine year old boy shaking hands with his father Book Two, Winter of the World, commences in February 1933, with eleven year old Carla in the kitchen of her Berlin home wondering what her parents, English born Maud, and German born Walter von Ulrich, were arguing about Book One s readers would also be unsure what the quarrel was for, as they w [...]

  13. I DID IT hell yeahSo, I didn t enjoy this one quite as much as the first one but I still did love it These books are so fascinating because they manage to cover so much information in only 900 pages This one gave such an interesting perspective on World War II and the homefront I love how you get to see all of the facets of the war, not just the battles The characters were lovable as it follows the children of the characters from the first book so I felt like I already knew them My one issue is [...]

  14. There are reasons why Ken Follett is one of my favorites, if not THE favorites and Winter of the World is another shining example of why.WOW picks up ten years after the end of Fall of Giants While it does have the original cast from the previous installment, it s about the second generation their children It spans the time from the rise of Hitler and his Nazi regime, through the Spanish Revolution, WWII, Pearl Harbor, the advent of the nuclear bomb, the subsequent bombing of Japan and ends in [...]

  15. Think you could never empathize with a communist, a socialist, the elitist, anarchist, or aristocrat Think again, because Follett takes you front and center into the lives of such people in his second book of the Century Trilogy with a passion and clarity that delivers the story of their struggles and triumphs to a place beyond our manufactured understanding and created historical boxes I love a great familial pan Atlantic historical epic, and KF is incredibly precise in describing the minutiae [...]

  16. I finished it because I felt I had to Hoping perhaps an unexpected plot twist, or something, might convince me that wading through 960 pages would be worth it Sadly, the last page turned left me as empty as the previous many Each page turned revealed the expected, formulaic and dull running commentary of 5 families and their involvement in the history of the time Characters such as Maud, so interesting in the first book, so glossed over in this Ethel Leckwith so strong in the first book so ignor [...]

  17. Why was it, Lloyd wondered, that the people who wanted to destroy everything good about their country were the quickest to wave the national flag Non ho letto il libro in inglese, ma non avendo sottolineato le citazioni, per evitare di cercarle ho preso quella che mi serviva in inglese.Dunque, non c molto da dire un buon romanzo, senza infamia e senza lode, un buon romanzo che ha il vantaggio di lasciarsi leggere quasi troppo facilmente, tanto che se uno privo di grandi impegni, pu leggerselo in [...]

  18. Wow Genauso genial und episch wie Teil 1 der Jahrhundert Saga Phantastische Erz hlweise, tolle und ber hrende Charaktere und grade als H rbuch absolut zu empfehlen Nun freue ich mich auch schon auf den dritten Teil, zu dem ich direkt im November greifen werde

  19. Finalmente he acabado de leer la extensa segunda parte de la trilog a del Siglo Cu n cortas han quedado las casi mil p ginas de este libro para abarcar tanta informaci n hist rica.Ken Follett contin a la trilog a El siglo con esta segunda obra La novela, El invierno del mundo, publicado en el 2012 y con casi mil p ginas narra la historia que va desde el ascenso de Hitler al poder en 1933 hasta la culminaci n de la Segunda Guerra Mundial y la posterior divisi n de Alemania repartida entre los Ali [...]

  20. Of course, you must read FALL OF GIANTS first s just now out in mass paperback, I noticed I bought the hardcover, some time back,and actually carried it to the Kansas City area to read it,and didn t start it.nths later I finally did,and loved it.I grew fond of the characters,and felt like they were my personal friends the 2nd book in this trilogy I felt the same I felt the pain, the joy, the love, the anguish of all that the characters were going through WW I and WW II ,and all the drama focused [...]

  21. First, Follett does a great job of making a fat book fly by However, for a book that makes up something called The Century Trilogy , I m a little disappointed that the first two books only covered the first half of the century Will the next book only make it to the fall of the Berlin Wall and then we re done Second, Follett does a wonderful job reminding us that war is horrific He really doesn t hold back If you re at all appalled by the fact that humans can be truly AWFUL to each other, then ju [...]

  22. Esta leitura deu me bastante trabalhinho, n o por ser m , porque n o foi de todo, adorei o livro, mas sim pelo seu tamanho e a hist ria em si ser pesada O Inverno do Mundo o segundo livro da trilogia O S culo de Ken Follett, sendo que a narrativa decorre durante a segunda Guerra Mundial, que para mim uma das pocas hist ricas que mais gosto.Neste livro vamos viajando por aquela poca com exatamente as mesmas personagens do primeiro, e nos poss vel verificar o seu crescimento com o passar dos anos, [...]

  23. Mais um bela li o de hist ria contada atrav s de uma encruzilhada de hist rias.Ao contr rio do que parecia at meio do livro, acabei por gostar mais deste do que do volume anterior que me desiludiu um bocadinho no final Um grande rol de personagens riqu ssimas, algumas j conhecidas da Queda dos Gigantes, mas aqui os protagonistas s o outros E agora vou ter de come ar rapidamente o ltimo volume da trilogia, cuja tema j se adivinha com o final deste.Espero que o Ken Follet nos brinde com mais livro [...]

  24. Ciertamente, me encant Y lo digo sorprendida porque no lo esperaba.Cuando ten a catorce a os mi mam me recomend este autor, y el peor error que pude cometer fue comprar La Ca da de los Gigantes, un ladrillo de 1016 p ginas, cantidad que nunca hab a le do hasta ese momento Y tampoco nadie me hab a dicho que ejem ejem a Follet le gusta describir bastante las escenas rom nticas er ticas de sus personajes, as que, con mi pobre cabecita de catorce a os que lo m s peligroso que hab a le do era The Hos [...]

  25. I m of a review reader than a review writer here on GoodReads However, I felt moved to say a few words regarding the quality, or lack thereof, pertinent to Ken Follett s Winter of the World I ve read two previous books by Ken Follett, the cathedral building series Pillars of the Earth and I enjoyed them both So, I decided to pick up Winter of the World book two in the latest series because I m a huge fan of anything historical concerning WWII And typically, historical fiction is what Follett d [...]

  26. I loved this second book as much as the first in the series I listened to the audio version this time and it only added to the entertainment value This is a lonnnnggggg book but listening made it so much easier to get through I love the characters, the politics, the war action, the relationships and just everything The historical element is fascinating and as before I was looking up all the battles equipment places people described to get information it s just a brilliant way to learn a bit hi [...]

  27. Na continua o do volume anterior, este livro deixa nos uma rica li o de hist ria dos meados do s culo XX N o que Ken Follett tenha sido imparcial, porque n o foi, mas o enredo das personagens principais, filhos dos protagonistas do 1 volume, revela nos um dos piores per odos da hist ria da humanidade a 2 Guerra Mundial.Sendo a trilogia um olhar por todo o s culo XX, penso que o in cio do livro pecou por n o haver a contextualiza o da grande depress o, entre outros epis dios que poderiam ter sido [...]

  28. Let me begin by saying that I could not put this book, or rather my ipad, down until I read the whole thing It took me two days to get through it and I was so excited over it that I couldn t read it fast enough As historical novels go, I found it very entertaining and it seemed plausible that all of these characters could experience the events Follett depicted However, I couldn t help but compare Winter of the World with Herman Wouk s utterly amazing The Winds of War and its sequel, War and Reme [...]

  29. There are many things that I can say about Ken Follett and the second book in his Century trilogy and remarkably, just about everything I have to say is good First, Ken Follett s books are where history, soap opera, good storytelling, and statistically improbably coincidence meet Second, Ken Follett is an unlikely combination of Edward Rutherfurd and Danielle Steel Third, if you have a person who likes to read, but hates history, this would be the kind of book to give him My issue with lengthy, [...]

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