Fall of Giants

Fall of Giants Summary

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. . . . 

Look out for Ken's newest book, A Column of Fire, available now.

Book Reviews


Phenomenal5 star

Engrossing page turner55


My Fav Book5 star

My first Follet book and absolute favorite! I’d read it over and over again. I usually never want to re read books so this is really that good!55


Review5 star

I just had a cursory recollection of my history class on WWI in HS, now I believe I know it well. It was a good book.55


Fall of Giants5 star

The book was great! I’ve read it twice and also the other two books in the trilogy.55

P Locke

Thank You!5 star

I have not read much the past ten years for a multitude of reasons. Ken Follett has the talent, passion and energy which grabs & holds my attention cover to cover. Not only "interesting" but educational, his writings have opened my eyes on many levels and improved my vocabulary as well. He has rekindled my appetite to read and learn. So it is with deep respect and appreciation I say Thank You!55


Mostly good4 star

This book was a good read, kept me entertained for sure. Occasionally I would get bored with the history and politics involved but never with the characters. So, if you're a history buff or willing to do a little skimming, I would recommend this book for sure.45


Best First Trilogy Ever5 star

The best way to appreciate history in an interesting way and fun.55


Great Historic Fiction4 star

This book gives incredible view of the First World War from every possible angle. The characters are portrayed realistically and yet come to life each a hero in their own way. The only downfall of this book is that it could have been much shorter, the author drags on in conversations and events that aren't as integral to the story, and make the reader put the book down instead of continuing to turn pages. All in all, I highly recommend this book, but prepare to do some skimming now and then!45


Spectacular5 star

This is one of the better books I've read in a long time. Especially for it having varying stories that intertwine. Not usually into stories like this but Fall of Giants did it in a way that kept me wanting more. Great job Ken!55


Nice Historical Fiction4 star

Good mix of history and fictional characters and events. The author kept a good balance switching between the principal families over course of the narrative. Enjoyable read.45

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