Winter of the World by Ken Follett
Book Two of the Century Trilogy

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12 Critic Reviews

...Mr. Follett is best appreciated as a novelist, not a historian. What he knows how to do is put readers’ hearts in throats...
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Picking up where Fall of Giants, the first novel in the extraordinary Century Trilogy, left off, Winter of the World follows its five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—through a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the great dramas of World War II, and into the beginning of the long Cold War.

Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until daring to commit 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 social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set until war transforms her life, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war but also the war to come.


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About Ken Follett

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Ken Follett nació en Cardiff (Gales) y cuando tenía diez años su familia se mudó a Londres. Se licenció en filosofía en la Universidad de Londres y posteriormente se dedicó al periodismo. Durante sus años de reportero empezó a escribir obras de ficción. Sin embargo hasta 1978 no se convirtió en escritor de éxito, con la publicación de El ojo de la aguja. A partir de entonces, cada novela de Ken Follett se convierte en un éxito internacional. Actualmente vive en una vieja rectoría de Hertfordshire con su esposa Barbara.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by Penguin Books. 957 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Winter of the World
All: 12 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Sep 01 2012

Follett’s storytelling is unobtrusive and workmanlike, and he spins a reasonable and readable yarn that embraces dozens of characters and plenty of Big Picture history

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Sep 16 2012

...Mr. Follett is best appreciated as a novelist, not a historian. What he knows how to do is put readers’ hearts in throats...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jul 30 2012

While some may find Follett’s verbosity daunting, others will applaud his dedication and ability to keep so many plots spinning while delivering a story that educates, entertains, and will leave fans eagerly awaiting the trilogy’s crowning capstone.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Ted on Sep 18 2012

“Winter of the World [depicts] nonstop, lightning fast, world rocking events that’ll keep history buffs plowing through every one of the 1,000 action packed pages.”

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Roz Shea on Sep 20 2012

...dramatic narrative, nuanced character development, and historical accuracy

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Christian Science Monitor

Excellent
Reviewed by Erik Spanberg on Sep 18 2012

No matter the ultimate destination, readers can expect to savor the journey – and agonize while waiting for the final book to arrive.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Craig Wilson on Sep 16 2012

Follett takes us from country manors to the battlefields to the White House, giving a history lesson through the lives of both historic figures and his fictional families.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Jackie Cooper on Sep 19 2012

He fills his pages with fascinating characters and then uses the great events of this time to make an exciting plot. He succeeds in every way possible.

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The Seattle Times

Below average
Reviewed by Melinda Bargreen on Sep 16 2012

The long arm of coincidence is stretched mightily at times, as characters cross continents only to meet again in improbable locations, and often turn out to be related to each other.

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Historical Novel Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Nanette Donohue

Winter of the World is a grand accomplishment, and one of the most thoroughly enjoyable books I’ve read this year.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Pam Norfolk on Oct 31 2012

Winter of the World...excels in its eye for detail, its superbly interwoven narratives, its effortless, elegant style and, above all, in its sheer power to entertain right through to the last page.

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Quick Book Reviews

Good
Dec 13 2012

Ken Follett shows who’s the man, crafting one of the most memorable trilogies in the world of literature.

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