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The first in Ken Follett's bestselling Century Trilogy, Fall of Giants is a captivating novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. A world in chaos. 1911, a thirteen-year-old boy, Billy Williams, begins working down the mines as George V is crowned king. The escalating arms race between the empire nations will put not only the king but this young boy in grave danger. A terrible war. Billy’s family is inextricably linked with the Fitzherberts, the aristocratic owners of the coal mine where he works. And when Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London, their destiny also becomes entangled with that of Gus Dewar, an ambitious young aide to Woodrow Wilson, and two orphaned Russian brothers, the Peshkovs, whose plan to emigrate to America falls foul of conscription, revolution and imminent war. A revolution that will change everything. When Russia convulses in bloody revolution and the Great War unfolds, the five families’ futures are entwined forever, love bringing them closer even as conflict takes them further apart. What seeds will be sown for further tragedy in the twentieth century and what role will each play in what is to come?

La caída de los gigantes (The Century 1)

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Una gran novela que narra las vidas de cinco familias: una americana, una galesa, una inglesa, una alemana y una rusa, con el trasfondo de la Primera Guerra Mundial, la Revolución Rusa y los profundos cambios sociales que estas conllevaron. Primer volumen de la trilogía «The Century» La historia empieza en 1911, el día de la coronación del rey Jorge V en la abadía de Westminster. El destino de los Williams, una familia minera de Gales, está unido por el amor y la enemistad al de los Fitzherbert, aristócratas y propietarios de las minas. Lady Maud Fitzherbert se enamorará de Walter von Ulrich, un joven espía en la embajada alemana en Londres. Sus vidas se entrelazarán con la de un asesor progresista del presidente de Estados Unidos, Woodrow Wilson, y la de dos hermanos rusos a los que la guerra y la revolución les ha arrebatado su sueño de buscar fortuna en América. Desde Washington hastaSan Petesburgo, desde la inmundicia y los peligros de las minas de carbón hasta los candelabros lujosos de los palacios de la aristocracia, pasando por los pasillos de la Casa Blanca y el parlamento de Westminster, Ken Follet nos ofrece, en su novela más ambiciosa, un esmerado retrato de una época y de las pasiones que espolearon la vida de sus personajes. «La trilogía "The Century" es la historia de mis abuelos y de los vuestros, de nuestros padres y de nuestras vidas. De alguna forma es la historia de todos nosotros.» Ken Follet La crítica ha dicho... «Alta política y bajas pasiones (y viceversa) conforman un folletín de grandes dimensiones que confirma a Follett como relojero mayor del reino del best seller.» Qué Leer «Ken Follett no es un escritor, sino un fenómeno social.» El Cultural de El Mundo

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Fall of Giants by Hamzer akyuz Summary

"Esta es la historia de mis abuelos y de los vuestros, de nuestros padres y de nuestras propias vidas. De alguna forma es la historia de todos nosotros." Ken Follett La historia empieza en 1911, el día de la coronación del rey Jorge V en la abadía de Westminster. El destino de los Williams, una familia minera de Gales, está unido por el amor y la enemistad al de los Fitzherbert, aristócratas y propietarios de minas de carbón. Lady Maud Fitzherbert se enamorará de Walter von Ulrich, un joven espía en la embajada alemana de Londres. Sus vidas se entrelazarán con la de un asesor progresista del presidente de Estados Unidos, Woodrow Wilson, y la de dos hermanos rusos a los que la guerra y la revolución les ha arrebatado su sueño de buscar fortuna en América. Tras el éxito de Los pilares de la Tierra y Un mundo sin fin , Ken Follett presenta esta gran novela épica que narra la historia de cinco familias durante los años turbulentos de la Primera Guerra Mundial, la Revolución Rusa y la lucha de hombres y mujeres por sus derechos. About the Author Ken Follett nació en Cardiff (Gales) y cuando tenía diez años su familia se mudó a Londres. Se licenció en filosofía en la Universidad de Londres y posteriormente se dedicó al periodismo. Durante sus años de reportero empezó a escribir obras de ficción. Sin embargo hasta 1978 no se convirtió en escritor de éxito, con la publicación de El ojo de la aguja. A partir de entonces, cada novela de Ken Follett se convierte en un éxito internacional. Actualmente vive en una vieja rectoría de Hertfordshire con su esposa Barbara. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Primera Parte El cielo amenazador 2 Enero de 1914 I El conde Fitzherbert, de veintiocho años de edad, conocido por su familia y amigos como Fitz, era el noveno hombre más rico de toda Gran Bretaña. No había hecho nada en absoluto para ganar sus cuantiosos ingresos, sino que sencillamente, se había limitado a heredar miles de hectáreas de tierra en Gales y en Yorkshire. Las granjas no producían muchos beneficios, pero debajo de ellas había grandes cantidades de carbón, y el abuelo de Fitz se había hecho inmensamente rico otorgando las concesiones para le explotación del mineral. Estaba claro que era la voluntad de Dios que los Fitzherbert gobernasen a sus semejantes y que viviesen de manera acorde a su condición, pero Fitz pensaba que no había hecho nada que justificase la fe que Dios había depositado en él. Su padre, el anterior conde, había sido un caso distinto. Oficial de la Armada, había sido nombrado almirante tras el bombardeo de Alejandría en 1882, se había convertido en embajador británico en San Petersburgo y, finalmente, había sido ministro en el gabinete de lord Salisbury. Los conservadores perdieron las elecciones generales de 1906 y el padre de Fitz murió escasas semanas más tarde, una muerte precipitada —de eso Fitz estaba seguro— por el hecho de ver a liberales irresponsables como David Lloyd George y Winston Churchill hacerse cargo del gobierno de Su Majestad. Fitz ocupó su escaño en la Cámara de los Lores, la cámara legislativa superior del Parlamento británico, como par conservador. Hablaba un francés muy correcto y se defendía en ruso, y su sueño era llegar a convertirse algún día en jefe del Foreign Office. Por desgracia, los liberales no dejaban de ganar las elecciones continuamente, de modo que aún no había tenido ocasión de ser ministro del gobierno. Su carrera militar había sido igual de mediocre. Había asistido a la academia de entrenamiento de oficiales del ejercito de Sandhurst, y pasó tres años con el regimiento de los Fusileros Galeses para convertirse en capitán. Tras su matrimonio abandonó la carrera militar, pero pasó a ser coronel honorífico de los Territorials de Gales del Sur. Lamentablemente, los coroneles honoríficos nunca ganaban medallas. Sin embargo, había algo de lo que sí se sentía orgulloso, pensaba mientras la locomotora de vapor avanzaba por los valles del sur del País de Gales: dos semanas más tarde, el rey en persona iba a pasar unos días en la casa de campo de Fitz. El rey Jorge V y el padre de Fitz habían sido compañeros en la Armada en su juventud. Recientemente, el rey había expresado su deseo de conocer qué era lo que pensaban sus súbditos más jóovenes, y Fitz había organizado una discreta velada en casa para que Su Majestad conociera a algunos de los más brillantes de su generación. En aquellos momentos, Fitz y su esposa, Bea, iban de camino a la mansión para terminar de disponerlo todo para la visita del monarca. Fitz sentía un gran apego por las tradiciones. No había nada en la historia de la humanidad capaz de rivalizar con la estabilidad que proporcionaba el orden establecido, basado en los cuatro estamentos de la sociedad: monarquía, aristocracia, comerciantes y campesinado. Sin embargo, al mirar por la ventanilla del tren, como en esos precisos momentos, veía que la sombra de una seria amenaza pendía sobre las costumbres tradicionales de la sociedad británica, una amenaza mayor que cualquiera de las que se hubiesen cernido sobre ella en los cuatrocientos años anteriores. Cubriendo por completo las laderas de los montes, otrora tan verdes, extendiéndose como una plaga de manchas grisáceas en las hojas de los rododendros, surgían las casas de los mineros del carbón. En aquellas mugrientas casuchas se hablaba de republicanismo, de ateísmo y de revolución. Solo había pasado un siglo más o menos desde que habían llevado a la nobleza francesa en carretas hasta la guillotina, y lo mismo ocurriría allí si algunos de aquellos mineros musculosos con la cara tiznada lograban salirse con la suya. Fitz estaría encantado de renunciar a las ganancias que obtenía del carbón, se dijo, con tal de que Gran Bretaña volviese a la sencillez de otros tiempos. La familia real era un poderoso bastión contra la insurrección. Sin embargo, además de hacerle sentirse orgulloso, la visita del monarca también le provocaba cierta inquietud, pues había muchas cosas que podían salir mal. Con la realeza, cualquier descuido podía ser una señal de negligencia y, por tanto, una falta de respeto. Hasta el último detalle del fin de semana sería comentado posteriormente, por los sirvientes de los visitantes a otros sirvientes y, de estos, a los señores de dichos sirvientes, por lo que todas las damas de la alta sociedad londinense acabarían sabiendo si, durante su estancia en Ty Gwyn, al rey la habían dado una almohada demasiado dura, una patata podrida o la botella de champán equivocada. El Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost de Fitz estaba esperándolos en la estación de ferrocarril de Aberowen. Se sentó junto a Bea y el chófer los condujo a lo largo de un kilómetro y medio hasta Ty Gwyn, su casa de campo. Estaba cayendo una llovizna fina pero pertinaz, como era habitual en Gales. «Ty Gwyn» significaba «Casa Blanca» en galés, pero el nombre había acabado resultando un tanto irónico porque, como todo lo demás en aquel rincón del mundo, el edificio estaba cubierto por una capa de polvo de carbón, y los bloques de piedra que en otros tiempos habían sido de un blanco inmaculado ofrecían en esos momentos un color gris oscuro que emborronaba las faldas de las señoras que, en un descuido, rozaban las paredes. Pese a todo, era un edificio manífico que llenaba a Fitz de orgullo a medida que el vehículo avanzaba por el camino de entrada a la casa. La mansión privada más grande de todo el País de Gales, Ty Gwyn contaba con doscientas habitaciones. Una vez, de pequeño, él y su hermana, Maud, contaron las ventanas hasta sumar un total de 523. Había sido construida por su abuelo, y en el diseño de las tres plantas se apreciaba una agradable armonía. Los ventanales de la planta noble eran altos y dejaban entrar una gran cantidad de luz en los majestuosos salones. En la planta superior había multitud de habitaciones de invitados, mientras que en la buhardilla se hallaban los innumerables dormitorios del esrvicio que, aun siendo minúsculos, eran evidentes por las largas hileras de lucernarios que poblaban los tejados en pendiente.

The Fall of the Angels

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The Fall of the Angels by Christoph Auffarth,Loren T. Stuckenbruck Summary

Fall of the Angels focuses on a biblical tradition whose significance has been recognised, elaborated and explored in literature and art outside the Bible. Its extensive influence on religion and culture during the last two millenia is reflected in the wide variety of interpretations of this tradition among communities as they came to terms with religious identity in the face of opposition.

James and the Giant Peach (Colour Edition)

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James and the Giant Peach (Colour Edition) by Roald Dahl Summary

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl in magnificent full colour. James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He's very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and GROW AND GROW. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects - all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their GIANT PEACH and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There's only one way to find out . . Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! inspired by the revolting Twits. "A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero" David Walliams

Media Management in the Age of Giants

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Media Management in the Age of Giants by Dennis F. Herrick Summary

The emergence of giant media corporations has created a new era in mass communications. The world of media giants—with a focus on the bottom line—makes awareness of business and financial issues critical for everyone in the industry. This timely new edition of a popular and successful textbook introduces basic business concepts, terminology, history, and management theories in the context of contemporary events. It includes up-to-date information on technology and addresses the major problem facing media companies today: How can the news regain profitability in the digital age? Focusing on newspaper, television, and radio companies, Herrick fills his book with real-life examples, interviews with media managers, and case studies. In a time when all the rules are changing because of digital technology, conglomeration, and shifting consumer habits, this text is a vital tool for students and working journalists.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants by Søren Frank Summary

A unique thematic history of Manchester United from the club's creation as humble Newton Heath in 1878 to its status as the world's greatest football brand, this book gets to the essence of the heart and soul of the club. Key topics explored include the club's ability to rise from the ashes, commitment to youth, propensity for an adventurous style of football, glamour, and commercialization and aggressive marketing. An intelligent and thought-provoking narrative of Manchester United exploring its cultural history within the broader cultural framework of globalization, working class traditions, mythology and the Munich Air Disaster, and pop culture. Søren Frank introduces a football aesthetics that examines and discusses what sets Manchester United apart in regard to football philosophy. It contains microanalyses of some of the most fascinating matches or moments, as well as original portraits of some of the club's greatest players, all of this peppered with fascinating statistical facts in the club's history.

On the Shoulders of Giants

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On the Shoulders of Giants by Rhondalynn Korolak Summary

You can either look for the "secret" ...or be one of the few who are LIVING it! On the Shoulders of Giants is more than just another book about how to develop a positive attitude or use the law of attraction. This fresh look at 33 pieces of timeless wisdom finally puts what you want most in life within easy reach. It's about what really works and WHY. Based on her struggle to rebuild her life after a senseless tragedy, the author brilliantly demonstrates how to make profound shifts in your life, work, finances, health, relationships, and more, whether you are going through a troubled time, or just looking for real ways to live better-much better! Learn how to: *Stop being so good at getting what you don't want*Understand how simple it is to get what you DO want*See how "Imagineering" a better life is the shortest path to living it*Fix what you think is wrong in your life-without changing a thing*Make simple choices that accelerate your success

Sleep of Giants

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Sleep of Giants by Joshua Field Summary

Joshua Field was born in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts in 1973, raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida, and studied under noted beat poet Joe Cardarelli at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. He is an internationally exhibited painter with work in numerous collections and holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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On the Shoulders of Giants by National Research Council,Mathematical Sciences Education Board Summary

What mathematics should be learned by today's young people as well as tomorrow's workforce? On the Shoulders of Giants is a vision of richness of mathematics expressed in essays on change, dimension, quantity, shape, and uncertainty, each of which illustrate fundamental strands for school mathematics. These essays expand on the idea of mathematics as the language and science of patterns, allowing us to realize the importance of providing hands-on experience and the development of a curriculum that will enable students to apply their knowledge to diverse numerical problems.

Ken Follett and the Triumph of Suspense

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Ken Follett and the Triumph of Suspense by Carlos Ramet Summary

Ken Follett wrote his first international bestseller, Eye of the Needle, when he was 25 years old. He has since been one of the most consistent international best-selling authors, with approximately 130 million copies of his books sold worldwide. His manifold influences on the thriller genre includes the pioneering use of strong female characters in espionage stories and the development of the historical thriller as a new form of novel, exemplified by Winter of the World (2012). This book is an investigation of Follett’s development as an author, and of the craft of writing and the negotiation of serious versus popular literary value, from his earliest short stories and screenplays through his mature thrillers and entertainment fiction. Unpublished materials are also considered, including his notes, business and personal correspondence, unpublished drafts, journal entries and outlines. Follett’s dramatic shift to writing historical fiction may be his most enduring legacy.

Revelation

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The final book of the Bible, Revelation prophesies the ultimate judgement of mankind in a series of allegorical visions, grisly images and numerological predictions. According to these, empires will fall, the "Beast" will be destroyed and Christ will rule a new Jerusalem. With an introduction by Will Self.

Age of Giants

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Age of Giants by Forrest Keel Summary

A letter written by the last Dwarven General of the Iron Army to his daughter speaking about the fall of Balhor, the Dwarven Capital.

World Without End

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World Without End by Francine du Plessix Gray Summary

Edmund, Claire, and Sophie, friends--and sometimes lovers--for thirty years, travel to the Soviet Union, hoping to plan for the last third of their lives and to resolve the struggles and confusions of the previous three decades

The Making of Giants

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The Making of Giants by Bishop McDonald Imaikop Summary

The Making of Giants encapsulates over 40 years of research on Leadership and Management Development. The book unfolds the untapped Ministry dynamics of successful Leadership management strategies in today's busy world. The author's simplistic analysis on topics, sub-topics and his style of writing will catch your attention. He draws his readers to the pitfalls of leaders and proffers tested and proven methods that will work anywhere in the world. The book is written to serve as a profitable tool for those in the Market Places of the world, Bible students, mature believers, Church Pastors and emerging Ministry leaders across the nations. Every Chapter of the Book will hold you spell bound with an attempt to change the way some have been doing business for the King of KINGS. May the Lord bless you in your quest to get this vital information as epitomized in this great masterpiece on Leadership. We can be contacted if you have questions or would love to have us do a conference in your Church.

The Fall of the Roman Empire

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The Fall of the Roman Empire by Martin M. Winkler Summary

The essays collected in this book present the first comprehensiveappreciation of The Fall of the Roman Empire fromhistorical, historiographical, and cinematic perspectives. The bookalso provides the principal classical sources on the period. It isa companion to Gladiator: Film and History (Blackwell, 2004)and Spartacus: Film and History (Blackwell, 2007) andcompletes a triad of scholarly studies on Hollywood’sgreatest films about Roman history. A critical re-evaluation of the 1964 epic film The Fall ofthe Roman Empire, directed by Anthony Mann, fromhistorical, film-historical, and contemporary points of view Presents a collection of scholarly essays and classical sourceson the period of Roman history that ancient and modern historianshave considered to be the turning point toward the eventual fall ofRome Contains a short essay by director Anthony Mann Includes a map of the Roman Empire and film stills, as well astranslations of the principal ancient sources, an extensivebibliography, and a chronology of events

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The Fall of the Roman Empire by Peter Heather Summary

The death of the Roman Empire is one of the perennial mysteries of world history. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Peter Heather proposes a stunning new solution: Centuries of imperialism turned the neighbors Rome called barbarians into an enemy capable of dismantling an Empire that had dominated their lives for so long. A leading authority on the late Roman Empire and on the barbarians, Heather relates the extraordinary story of how Europe's barbarians, transformed by centuries of contact with Rome on every possible level, eventually pulled the empire apart. He shows first how the Huns overturned the existing strategic balance of power on Rome's European frontiers, to force the Goths and others to seek refuge inside the Empire. This prompted two generations of struggle, during which new barbarian coalitions, formed in response to Roman hostility, brought the Roman west to its knees. The Goths first destroyed a Roman army at the battle of Hadrianople in 378, and went on to sack Rome in 410. The Vandals spread devastation in Gaul and Spain, before conquering North Africa, the breadbasket of the Western Empire, in 439. We then meet Attila the Hun, whose reign of terror swept from Constantinople to Paris, but whose death in 453 ironically precipitated a final desperate phase of Roman collapse, culminating in the Vandals' defeat of the massive Byzantine Armada: the west's last chance for survival. Peter Heather convincingly argues that the Roman Empire was not on the brink of social or moral collapse. What brought it to an end were the barbarians.

The Rise and Fall of American Technology

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The Rise and Fall of American Technology by Lynn G. Gref Summary

He contrasts the commonly-held perception that the pace of technology is accelerating with the historical record. He highlights the people and the organizations which are responsible for America's technological largesse. The book "follows the money" to uncover the underlying trends. The beginning of a decline in technology development is detected using indirect indicators for clues. Impacts on the formation of companies, employment and productivity provide sobering reasons to enlighten others and demand a change in course. After considering the possibilities, the book proposes several constructive actions which avoid the proverbial tendency to "throw more money at the problem." The goal of the book is to provoke discussion and promote action where appropriate. Americans' standard of living is at stake. Tech-savvy readers will want to understand this issue so as to influence others. Long-range thinkers will want to factor these considerations into their prognostications. The titans of the technology-based companies can develop new and improved strategies based on the findings of this book. And, our elected officials may want to act before a catastrophic disaster confronts the nation. This book will strike a chord with everyone who is interested in America's future economic health. Specific audience groups include scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, employees in technology based companies, government and corporate policymakers deciding the future of research and development (R&D) programs, government workers involved in the execution of government R&D programs and those thinking about a career in R&D. It is complementary to such works as Politics and Economics in America: The Way We Came to Be, by Richard E. Carmichael (Krieger Publishing Company, 1998), which explores political and economic history in order to explain the emergence of the United States' world economic dominance. Carmichael's book makes recommendations on how government could assist America's businesses in maintaining our economic leadership, but it does not address any aspects of technology development and associated issues. Closing the Innovation Gap by Judy Estrin (McGraw Hill, 2009), provides business leaders with concepts for leading their organizations so as to close the innovation gap with competitors. It focuses on the innovation environment within the organization, whereas Dr. Gref addresses the complete technology development cycle, its financing, America's rise to global dominance, and the specter of a national decline.