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The Titanic Plan [Kindle Edition]

Michael Bockman , Ron Freeman
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Book Description

100 years ago J. Pierpont Morgan and a group of Wall Street bankers took direct control of the American economy.
100 years ago radical firebrands were conspiring to create a workers revolution.
100 years ago the American government was paralyzed by a bitter political struggle.
100 years ago a great ship sank on her maiden voyage.
They said it was an accident. They said it was an error of judgment.
They were wrong.


On October 16, 1907, the American financial system stood on the brink of collapse after one of the largest investment firms failed because of speculative trading. There was no Federal Reserve to help, no government agencies to prop up the failing institutions. Seeing this as a defining crisis, J. Pierpont Morgan stepped in and organized a consortium of bankers and financiers to support the ailing system until the crisis passed. When it finally did, Morgan vowed that he would do everything in his power to make sure such a calamity never happen again.

Set between the years of 1907 to 1912 and inspired by true events, The Titanic Plan tells the story of the many factions of American society as they struggled for power in one of the most dynamic times in the country’s history. The major characters are the giants of that era: capitalists J. Pierpont Morgan, John Astor, William Vanderbilt; labor leaders Big Bill Haywood and Emma Goldman; and Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.

At the center of it all is Captain Archibald Butt, the Military Aide and close confidant to both Roosevelt and Taft. Captain Butt becomes involved in a deepening intrigue that leads him from the White House, to the anarchist circles in Greenwich Village, to the shadowy halls of the newly created FBI, and finally, to the parlors of the rich and powerful. Amid double-crosses and shifting alliances, Archie Butt witnesses the formulation of a brilliant and dangerous power grab that will lead to the first great disaster of the 20th Century.

Editorial Reviews


***** This was a fantastic read...I'm not a history buff by any means, but this was really interesting and I found myself practically skimming over some pages because of the anticipation.  Loved it!   -- Valerie Goodreads                                                                                                                        
***** The Titanic Plan  is a real page turner! This book is such an entertaining read, I wish it was 20 chapters longer! It's wonderfully written, and mixes in history so well it's hard to tell where fact ends and fiction begins. --  Mark Szorady  The Georgetoon Blog
***** THE TITANIC PLAN is a book that everyone should have on their list of must-reads...  
-- Alice Dinizo Reader's Favorite Reviews.
***** I loved THE TITANIC PLAN.  The story, the writing, the characters engaged me from start to finish.  Bockman fills in the holes left by history, giving his readers plenty of intrigue, gritty action, surprises, loss, love and mystery.   -- Susan Anderson  LL Book Review

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"Eye-opening history in a page turning novel."

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars timely page turner November 30, 2011
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Grabs your interest from the very first page. I thought I'd just read just a bit to get a sense of the writing, but then couldn't stop. A real page turner, which is unusual for me for a book that is not a mystery per se. Incredibly relevant to our time and current events. Wonderful combination of history, entertainment and lessons, delivered via truly great writing. Highly recommended. Should be made into a movie.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cinematic Immersion Into Another Time January 23, 2012
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I loved THE PLAN. The story, the writing, the characters engaged me from start to finish. And a hefty book it is, over 8100 locations. By my reckoning, that's somewhere between 160,000 and 200,000 words. Compared to the size of a mystery or western, it's portly. But THE PLAN is a respectably-sized historical novel. With his rich imagination, Bockman fills in the holes left by history, giving his readers plenty of intrigue, gritty action, surprises, loss, love, and mystery. Bockman's words flow, his sense of story, unflagging.

The theme of the book is social upheaval, the attempt by powerful financiers at the turn of the twentieth century to manipulate and control commerce in America, contrasted with the gathering storm of the labor movement.

Take the Prologue. It contains the seeds of the whole novel. Picture it, the fall of 1907. J.P. Morgan, in morning suit, bulbous-nosed and full-throated, is singing his favorite hymn. He's really into it, along with three thousand others, when a messenger hands him a telegram. The news, for anyone else, would be a life changer--the suicide of Morgan's friend and former head of the Knickerbocker Trust, the institution whose insolvency touched off the Wall Street Panic of 1907. But Morgan continues singing. Punctuating the narration are lines taken from "Rock of Ages." It is a human portrait of this sharp-eyed financier, a major player in THE PLAN.

And the rest of the novel is as absorbing and full of life as the opening scene.

There are two story lines occurring throughout, held together by the main character, Captain, later, Major Archibald Butt who functions as the plot's linchpin. In real life he was the military aide to Roosevelt and Taft.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing and Educational March 25, 2012
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I found the book to be very well written and the story was interesting. I found myself thinking about the book during the day and looking forward to reading it in the evenings. I enjoy reading history and it had a few things in it that were surprises to me. I was dubious about their validity, but I looked it up and they were true! I recommend this book for lovers of historical fiction.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good historical fiction October 7, 2012
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The Titanic Plan is a meticulously researched historical novel set between 1907 and 1912. This was an economically and politically tumultuous time in America's history, but also a time for great personalities, sweeping social movements, and amazing feats of engineering. A lot happened in those few years. There is no shortage of material to incorporate into fiction and The Titanic Plan doesn't let you down.

Since it really is necessary to understand the political atmosphere of the period in order to follow the book's plot and some of the characters actions/attitudes there is quite a lot of historical recap involved. This feels a little slow to read, but unless you happen to be historian to start with it's necessary and worth it. (Plus some people really like this incorporation of a lesson into a fictional novel. It's not my thing, but I appreciate the need.) The book makes some of the most famous people of the period feel approachable, Presidents Roosevelt and Taft, John Pierpont Morgan, John Astor, George Vanderbilt, Emma Goldman, and the main character Archibald Butt (what an unfortunate name). Butt's search for the truth and convenient position as military aide to the president sends him from New York to Washington, DC to Italy/England and back again (kind of). There were also a number of loveable side characters. My favourite was Henry, but it would be hard not to love Henry.

If you enjoy historical fiction, have an interest in the early 1900s or the sinking of the Titanic this is a great book for you. I recommend picking it up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise April 8, 2013
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Well written explanation for why so many titans of industry met their end on the Titanic. Makes conspiracy theory almost plausible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Not a bad period piece, depicting social inequalities and class differences while moving the storyline along. It was a worthwhile read but was by no means a "favorite" of my recently viewed books.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! March 20, 2012
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A friend of mine suggested that I read this book, and I'm glad I did.

I'm not going to give away any of the story, but I will share:

1. I was totally entertained
2. I hit the 57% done mark (on my Kindle) and couldn't put it down after that!
3. I learned about some of our banking history
4. I wish I knew where the reality ended and the fiction began
5. I was totally entertained (did I say that already?)

I hope they make this a movie.

Great read. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I found this book an interesting historical read. While I was reading it, there were multiple TV programs about the Roosevelt's. This book intrigued me enough to watch all of those programs. At times it was a little dull as all of the characters were being defined, but overall it kept my interest and made me look up historical facts about many of the characters. I would definitely recommend this if you are interested in history. I'm still puzzled a bit about the murder and Rome and all the various connects that played into that - maybe I just missed something. Anywsy, a worthwhile read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyable tale that is factually based. Enough detail was provided to satisfy the historically motivated reader but not so much as to overwhelm the storyline.
Published 26 days ago by Dragonfly58
4.0 out of 5 stars Filled with mystery
The familiar characters and settings along with a plot shadowing what I had thought of as facts combine in a gripping read spoiled only slightly by by typos and incorrect grammar.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly loved this book
As a confirmed Titanic junkie, I thoroughly loved this book! Although a work of fiction, it brought the famous people involved to life in a different vivid light.
Published 1 month ago by Kristi Schneider
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Was an interesting book about a group of people who are still involved in the running of the country. Could have been set in modern times.
Published 2 months ago by dr rockso
5.0 out of 5 stars Major Archie Butt - It was much more than I had assumed the book would...
What I found most interesting about this book was that not only was it factual about the Titanic but the people of its time. J.P. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lisa C. Gattone
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book I couldn't put it down! I love history and enjoyed the correlation between history and the plot behind it.
Published 2 months ago by Alma Shelton
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good for a Romance Story
The book really kept my interest, which is difficult to do for me with a romance story, not my bag usually. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christi Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars the Titanic Plan Holds Water
I am so glad that I made the effort to read this terrific historical fiction. I was nearly driven away by the title, which turned out to be appropriate if not exciting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Burton C Buchen
4.0 out of 5 stars The motivation of building a Titanic style ship
Good story. I liked that it was about the character interaction and motivation and that the sinking played a minor but inevitable role in the story.
Published 3 months ago by Craig D
5.0 out of 5 stars Titanic Plan
This book catches you and makes you wonder about how the people of the United States rich could have been so money hungry. It is amazing to follow this historic tale. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Leslie A. Smith
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More About the Author

Writer and filmmaker Michael Bockman has four produced screenplays to his credits. His feature screenplay about the Beat Generation, Starving Hysterical Naked, is the basis for the short film he directed (available for viewing on YouTube).

Between screenwriting assignments he has written numerous articles that have been published in newspapers and magazines. He has collaborated on three best-selling self-help books with English author Lynne Franks. -- Grow (Hay House), Bloom (Chronicle Books) and The Seed Manifesto (Thorsons). THE TITANIC PLAN is his first novel. He divides his time between Santa Monica, California and Zurich, Switzerland.

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