Review: The Titanic Plan by Michael Bockman


This review was originally published on Goodreads on February 23, 2015.

This may be the best political/conspiracy thriller I’ve ever read. The twists and turns in this intriguing tale are well crafted, and events and people that seem to have no logical link, are shown to be connected in the most surprising ways. Having it all take place around real people and events makes the fictional conspiracy even better.

If you love a good conspiracy story or have an interest in Titanic and the well-known people who perished when it sank, I definitely recommend reading this book!


Author: Michael Bockman

Title: The Titanic Plan

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published: October 20, 2011

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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About the Book

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.

About the Author

Author Michael Bockman

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.