Description - King Henry by Douglas Galbraith
1915. Neutral America is debating the proper response to the war in Europe. Increasingly involved in this debate is Henry Ford- inventor, industrialist, billionaire. He is against war it is bad for business. Ford is barely educated but knows how to make a headline, and when he declares that he will give up all he possesses to stop the build-up to war, the papers get to work. Into his orbit comes the bombastic peace-activist Rosika Schwimmer, who persuades him that a Peace Ship filled with the great and the good should sail to Europe, set up a mediation commission, and 'get the boys out of the trenches by Christmas . With Ford s money the idea quickly becomes a reality and everyone is in on the act. Fortunes are spent in his name. Chartering the Oscar and leaving in a storm of publicity, but with most credible invitees turning him down, Ford finds himself in the mid-Atlantic, menaced by invisible U-boats, on a ship full of eccentrics, idealists, parasites, and hard-drinking journalists on the story of their lives. Back home he is ridiculed as the expedition descends into acrimonious farce. Told in the many voices of those around Ford his wife, his chauffeur, the activists,
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Author Biography - Douglas Galbraith
Douglas Galbraith was born in Glasgow in 1965. He is the author of two highly-praised novels, The Rising Sun and A Winter in China. He has two sons and lives in Fife.