By Ken Follett
Follet's Fall of Giants is a towering novel, a tour de force of the events leading up to WWI and its conclusion. This is entertainment and education. Follett masterfully intersects the lives of five families, painting his characters with such realistic strokes, while informing the reader this critical juncture in world history. The author had me rooting for and against his characters. I'm in awe of Follet's scope of history and ability to "bring it to life" through such a gripping story.