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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
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Oct 02, 2010

it was amazing
Read from October 02 to 12, 2010

With Fall of Giants Ken Follett has done for WWI what had done for medieval Europe in Pillars of the Earth and World without End. This is very much a look at the war from the perspectives of ordinary and extraordinary people rather than simply an abstract recounting of history. From the English coalminers story and labor disputes to the birth of the Bolshevik revolution this story provides valuable insight into the struggles that would come to shape the world for the rest of the century. An interesting subplot is the somewhat rational basis for the German entry into a war which did not paint all Germans with the ruthless brush that would later be earned by Hitler. This is not a battle by battle chronology of the war but it does cover the key milestones on the battlefield and in the backrooms of those who wielded power. Follett’s Fall of Giants is a must read!
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