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Winter of the World

Follett, Ken (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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This novel continues the stories of five interrelated families who struggle with social, political, and economic turmoil in the mid-twentieth century, during which they witness the rise of Nazi Germany, the Spanish Civil War, and the horrors of World War II. It picks up right where the first book left off, and continues up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until she commits a deed of great courage and heartbreak.. American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific. English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism. Daisy Peshkov, a driven American social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set, until the war transforms her life, not just once but twice, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war, but the war to come. These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as their experiences illuminate the cataclysms that marked the century. From the drawing rooms of the rich to the blood and smoke of battle, their lives intertwine, propelling the reader into dramas of ever increasing complexity.
Authors: Follett, Ken
Title: Winter of the world
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2012
Characteristics: xiii, 940 p. :,maps ;,25 cm
Summary: This novel continues the stories of five interrelated families who struggle with social, political, and economic turmoil in the mid-twentieth century, during which they witness the rise of Nazi Germany, the Spanish Civil War, and the horrors of World War II. It picks up right where the first book left off, and continues up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until she commits a deed of great courage and heartbreak.. American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific. English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism. Daisy Peshkov, a driven American social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set, until the war transforms her life, not just once but twice, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war, but the war to come. These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as their experiences illuminate the cataclysms that marked the century. From the drawing rooms of the rich to the blood and smoke of battle, their lives intertwine, propelling the reader into dramas of ever increasing complexity.
ISBN: 0525952926
9780525952923
Statement of Responsibility: Ken Follett
Subject Headings: Spain History Civil War, 1936-1939 Fiction United States History 20th century Fiction Europe History 20th century Fiction World War, 1939-1945 Fiction Twentieth century Civilization Fiction Twentieth century History Fiction Twentieth century Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
War stories
Historical fiction
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
Twentieth century
Twentieth century
Twentieth century
LCCN: 2012004653
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Aug 07, 2014
  • zipread rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Winter of the World by Ken Follett. Follet is an accomplished author who uses words the way a painer uses oils. The finished canvas is amazing. This book is the second part of a trilogy that takes us from post-WW I England and Germany to the aftermath of the second World War. Suffering, displacement, and trauma are the order of the day. Communism, fascism, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill change the world in ways unimaginable only a few years before. Once you start, you can’t put this book down. Poignant, engaging, riveting. You’ve got to read it.

Apr 29, 2014
  • lindsayrdew rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Just bad writing.

Jan 08, 2014
  • carlosgil rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This volume offers the reader a wide-screen panoramic view of World War II. Follet’s bible-length novel narrates the stories of a handful of men and women and their families in four different countries spanning the world struggle from 1933 to 1945.

The author offers a personalized, easy to read understanding of how the war began and how it ended, conveniently placing key characters in situations that shed a spotlight on key junctions in the conflict. In this way, we become aware of the early and sinister and disturbing actions taken by Hitler and his Nazis agents against Jews in Berlin in 1933, the frustration and fears of the English protagonists when Neville Chamberlain looked the other way when Hitler ripped into Czechoslovakia, the conflicting feelings about America building an atomic bomb and then letting it loose on Japan, and so on.

Even though I stumbled to keep the multiplicity of characters straight, still, Winter of the World merits my praise because reading it provides a memorable introduction to this critical period in world history. I definitely sympathized with most of the personalities presented in this many-sided tale. I hope young Americans read it.

Oct 05, 2013
  • Eadam55 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Not as good as the first in the series, but still held my interest. Delved into the behind the scenes political and historical background about WW11. A fair amount of which I personally did not know.

Sep 02, 2013
  • mayfairlady rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

narrator in audiobook bersion is excellent

Apr 07, 2013
  • blolo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

great historical fiction, hard to put down at times. there is so much WWII fiction out there that sometimes reading about WWII feels tired, but follett focuses on smaller lesser known events at times that help make the novel seem fresh.

Mar 31, 2013
  • Rosina rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. A great way to read about the 2nd world war. I missed both the first and second wars in my education and thanks to these two books I now have a grounding.

Mar 24, 2013
  • sasie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really good follow up to FALL OF GIANTS. Lots a characters and lots of details makes this book a challenging read but it is well worth it. I learned so many details about World War II that I never knew before.

Feb 16, 2013
  • nannerl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a fabulous way to put this historical period into perspective. If I had read this in high school, I would have understood the sequence of events so much better, and maybe even have enjoyed history in general so much more. The character development has a lot of depth, and the issues faced by all characters are entirely believable. I can hardly wait for the next book in the trilogy.

Feb 04, 2013
  • Thornhillnana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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