The concept was simple, to link American railroads and global dominance of the seas with a railroad line through China and Russia, enter the back door of Europe, and create new royalty: the Transportation Kings. Vanderbilt, Hill, Morgan, and Harriman all pursued the grand dream. They were America's industrial princes, poised for their greatest accomplishments, only to find that they had not considered the gauntlet awaiting them in the courts of kings and Kaisers, parliaments and congress. They awoke John Bull and helped precipitate revolution in China. They brought about the building of Lusitania and, in reaction, they owned and built the Titanic. We all know how the disaster story ends; this is how the story came about.
Acknowledgments Prologue 1. Early Shipping 2. American Shipping Consortium 3. The Corner 4. Economic Expansion 5. Community of Interest 6. Vanderbilt 7. Marc Hanna 8. The Creation of Political Leadership 9. Roosevelt 10. The Business of the Presidency 11. The Maritime Subsidy Bill 12. Roosevelt Rises 13. A Rift Between Friends 14. The Subsidy Bill Under Debate In Congress 15. Opposition in Congress 16. The Loyal Opposition 17. Pan-American Exposition 18. A New President 19. An Uninvited Agenda 20. The Anti-McKinley 21. Hanna's Last Hurrah 22. Financial Contributions to an Incumbent 23. Harriman and the Far East 24. Competition in the Far East 25. Global Interference 26. The Panic of 1907 27. Roosevelt is Denied the 1908 Race 28. Hill and the Far East 29. Historic Rivalry 30. Free Ships 31. Breathing Life into the IMM 32. The American Invaders! 33. Cunard 34. IMM 35. Lusitania, Aquitania, Mauretania and Titanic 36. Investigation and Aftermath 37. Legacy 38. The End of a Dream Afterword Notes Bibliography Index About the Author