Book II of The Century trilogy.  This volume picks up immediately after Fall Of Giants.  Five interrelated families – American, German, Russian, English, Welsh – enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, 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.  Jacket Image: A watch found on the body of a victim of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, August 6 1945. The watch stopped at 8.15 a.m. when the bomb exploded. Getty Images ©