The first of three in the Century Trilogy, Fall of Giants is the very best kind of book for an historical fiction fan. With nearly 1000 pages the story spans the turn of the century through 1924. Five intertwined families are chronicled: British, Welsh, German, Russian, and American. We experience history through these characters, rejoicing and suffering along with them. Coincidentally, a front page article in today’s Kansas City Star tells of a documentary about the Polar Bears, a group of soldiers sent to Russia in the days following its revolution. I never knew about this piece of history until reading the book. Follette’s second novel, tentatively titled The Winter of the World, won’t come soon enough for me.