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Winter of the World by Ken Follett
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Nov 17, 2012

really liked it

If you liked Ken Follett's previous work -- "Fall of Giants" -- you will like this book. Although not as well written as his previous novel of the 20th centruy, and somewhat superficial with less character development compared to that book, it is still very much worth reading, even if at times it reads like a soap opera.

But, in my opinion, it left a lot on the table. Many aspects of World War II are not covered in any meaningful manner. For example, little on the D-Day invasion except from a behind the lines "spy" perspective. Nothing concerning the North African or Italian campains. And while a few of the minor concentration camps are covered (if I can use the term "minor" in describing something so horrific), nothing relating to the major camps were covered where thousands were murdered and disposed of in ovens. As for the Pacific theater, only Pearl Harbor and Midway are covered . . . and then nothing until the atomic bomb. Just seemed that there was so much more that could have been explored -- perhaps two volumns instead of one to cover World War II would have been better.

But all in all, well worth the read for those who like historical fiction.

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