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Winter of the World
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October 1, 2012
Finish date
October 31, 2012
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Sep 05, 2012 Kaliki rated it it was amazing
I almost feel hypocritical rating this book a 5-star. Not because it doesn't deserve absolutely does. Once again, Follett's writing is impeccable, his character development BLOWS MY MIND. I KNOW these people. While I'm reading, they are in my life. And when I finish, I grieve the loss of them. Follett takes a period of time during which I obviously didn't live, that I cannot relate to, and previously had little interest in knowing too much about, and plants it smack in front of my face s ...more
Dec 29, 2011 Stacey rated it it was amazing
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I adored this follow up to Fall of Giants! I found it even better than the first, I think in part due to the fact that there are so many characters to keep track of, which kind of bogged the first one down in getting the feel for who everyone was. With this one, many of the characters were already known and the family's backstories had already been established. I think this made me feel even more connected to the characters. The historical detail was also phenomenal - truly a horrifying time in ...more
Oct 24, 2012 Una rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the 2nd book in this trilogy, although perhaps not as much as the first. For me, it gets a bit tough, though, to remember all of the various characters from one book to the next--maybe I'd do better to wait until the novels are all published & read them consecutively? My memory is evidently faltering in my old age...

This book brought an awareness of the humanity/inhumanity of war, & individuals, to this reader....from each of the various countries involved. There is no such thi
Jun 17, 2012 Monica rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! There were lots of surprises and plenty of build-up for the next book in the trilogy! It was interesting to read about all of the political unrest in Germany at the end of WWII. There was so much turmoil leftover at the end of the war, especially for Germany's citizens. The von Ulrichs suffered so much! It's easy to lookover the suffering that was endured in the years after WWII. I was definitely not disappointed in the second book! Can't wait for the next one!
Jun 27, 2012 Shelli rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Century Trilogy and another good read. This picks up right where Fall of Giants left off. One of the things I loved about the first book, was learning so much about a subject that I wasn't very familiar with...the lead up to and WWI. This book works into the beginnings of and then WWII. This is a subject that I have read several books about. I was familiar with much more of this material, but amazingly still learned of more atrocities that took place during Hitler' ...more
May 29, 2012 LemonLinda rated it it was amazing
This book picks up with the rise to power of Hitler and his Fascist government in Germany and political unrest in other parts of the world of the 1930s and walks us through the years up to 1949 and the Berlin Airlift and the initial years of the Cold War. The families are the same - the Dewars and the Peshkovs in the US, the Peshkovs in the USSR, the Leckwiths, the Williams and Fitzherberts in Great Britain and the Von Ulrichs in Germany, but the more dominant characters are now the next generat ...more

I look forward to the next book in this trilogy. As always Follett's historical passionate stories are personal and told from angle's of each of the strategic countries involved with the family saga we met and fell in love with in the first book. We meet the next generation as they face the beginning of WWII (atomic age) and it's atrocities head on. I learn so much about world history from all his books but the books are passionate and moving, they never bore me. Anyone wether fluent or unknowin
Kiersten Keester
Book two moved from WWI to WWII, continued to learn more about the Russian viewpoint, so all in all a good read. If you want more depth of character, read Winds of War and War and Remembrance.
Oct 18, 2012 Laurence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fabulous sequel!
Sep 09, 2012 Carolynn rated it it was amazing
Loved this one - I think even more than Fall of Giants. Love Follett!
Holly Weiss
Jul 05, 2012 Holly Weiss rated it really liked it
Looking foward to Edge of Eternity.
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