<b>#1 <i>New York Times </i>Bestseller<br /><br />Oprah's Book Club Selection<br /><br />The “extraordinary . . . monumental masterpiece” (<i>Booklist</i>) that changed the course of Ken Follett’s already phenomenal career. Look out for Ken's newest book, <i>A Column of Fire</i>, available now.</b><br /><br />“Follett risks all and comes out a clear winner,” extolled <i>Publishers Weekly</i> on the release of <i>The Pillars of the Earth</i>. A departure for the bestselling thriller writer, the historical epic stunned readers and critics alike with its ambitious scope and gripping humanity. Today, it stands as a testament to Follett’s unassailable command of the written word and to his universal appeal. <br /> <br /><i>The Pillars of the Earth</i> tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known . . . of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect—a man divided in his soul . . . of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame . . . and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state and brother against brother.<br /> <br />A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett’s historical masterpiece.