This eight part series chronicles the rise of America and the small cluster of businessmen who helped turn the country into the world’s leading superpower, while at the same time making themselves extraordinarily wealthy. Starting in 1865 and culminating at the end of World War II, the story moves from one historical event to the next with a heavily-researched, fictional narrative woven in-between. It is an alternative take on the past, rewriting what has been written before, and connecting dots of evidence that have been previously overlooked.
To put this series into context, one of the characters goes on to create the world’s first billion dollar corporation. Another sells his company for $900 million, the years thereafter making $59 million in dividends. Both these events occurred over one hundred years ago when the average wage was barely $1 a day. If you were to capitalise those figures purely for inflation, these men would each be worth $34 billion today. However, both went on to invest in the majority of the 20th Century’s greatest advancements, as well as running their own banks and funding the allies during the war. Therefore if you were to capitalise their wealth with a mere 5% return on top, these two families sit with over $2 trillion each.
This is why the story needs to be told, for it is the greatest story of our modern times.