Published in September 2010, and debuted at #1 on The New York Times’ hardcover fiction bestseller list. The paperback edition reached #1 on The New York Times’ bestseller list in September 2012.
Fall of Giants is a magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in the Century trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families – American, German, Russian, English and Welsh – as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage.
Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man’s world in the Welsh mining pits… Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson’s White House… two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription and revolution… Billy’s sister, Ethel, 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 Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London…
These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as, in a saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersburg, 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.
As always with Ken, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. It is destined to be a new classic.
In future volumes of the Century trilogy, subsequent generations of the same families will travel through the great events of the rest of the twentieth century, changing themselves – and the century itself. With passion and the hand of a master, Ken brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.
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Fall of Giants has been published in 15 languages, and almost two million copies were bought worlwide in the first ten weeks.
- The United States edition is published by Dutton/Penguin
- The British and Commonwealth edition is published by PanMacMillan
- The Canadian edition is published by Penguin
- The Brazilian edition, A queda dos gigante, is published by Sextante
- The Danish edition, Giganternes Fald, is published by Cicero
- The Dutch edition, Val der titanen, is published by Unieboek
- The Italian edition, La caduta dei giganti, is published by Mondadori
- The French edition, La Chute des Géants, is published by Robert Laffont
- The German edition, Sturz der Titanen, is published by Lübbe
- The Hungarian edition, A titánok bukása, is published by Gabo
- The Norwegian edition, Kjempenes fall, is published by JW Cappelens
- The Polish edition, Upadek Gigantów, is published by Albatros
- The Portuguese edition, A queda dos gigantes, is published by Presença
- The Spanish edition, La caída de los gigantes, is published by RHM
- The Swedish edition, Giganternas fall, is published by Albert Bonniers Förlag
- The Bulgarian edition, Крахът на титаните, is published by Studio Artline