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Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World

By: Matthew Goodman
Published: ©2013
Pages: 449
Total Copies: 15
Genre: Nonfiction | Biographies & Memoirs | Adventure | Artists, Writers, & Musicians | Women in History

Description: On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly, the crusading young female reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s ‘World’ newspaper, left New York City by steamship on a quest to break the record for the fastest trip around the world. Also departing from New York that day — and heading in the opposite direction by train — was a young journalist from ‘The Cosmopolitan’ magazine, Elizabeth Bisland. Each woman was determined to outdo Jules Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg and circle the globe in less than eighty days. The dramatic race that ensued would span twenty-eight thousand miles, captivate the nation, and change both competitors’ lives forever.

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