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

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

Matthew Goodman


On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly, the crusading younger woman reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s World newspaper, left manhattan urban by way of steamship on a quest to wreck the checklist for the quickest journey worldwide. additionally departing from long island that day—and heading within the wrong way by means of train—was a tender journalist from The Cosmopolitan journal, Elizabeth Bisland. each one lady was firm to outdo Jules Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg and circle the globe in below 80 days. The dramatic race that ensued might span twenty-eight thousand miles, captivate the state, and alter either opponents’ lives forever.
the 2 ladies have been a examine in contrasts. Nellie Bly used to be a scrappy, hard-driving, bold reporter from Pennsylvania coal nation who sought out the main sensational information tales, usually going undercover to reveal social injustice. Genteel and stylish, Elizabeth Bisland were born into an aristocratic Southern kinfolk, hottest novels and poetry to newspapers, and used to be generally often called the main attractive girl in metropolitan journalism. either girls, even though, have been proficient writers who had carved out winning careers within the hypercompetitive, male-dominated international of big-city newspapers. Eighty Days brings those trailblazing ladies to existence as they race opposed to time and every different, unaided and by myself, ever acutely aware that the slightest hold up may perhaps suggest the variation among victory and defeat.
A bright real-life new version of the race and its aftermath, from its frenzied begin to the nail-biting sprint at its end, Eighty Days is historical past with the center of a superb experience novel. Here’s the adventure that takes us at the back of the partitions of Jules Verne’s Amiens property, into the again alleys of Hong Kong, onto the grounds of a Ceylon tea plantation, via storm-tossed ocean crossings and mountains blocked via snowdrifts twenty toes deep, and to many extra unforeseen and unique locales from London to Yokohama. alongside the best way, we're handled to attention-grabbing glimpses of lifestyle within the overdue 19th century—an period of unheard of technological advances, newly remade within the photograph of the steamship, the railroad, and the telegraph. For Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland—two girls sooner than their time in each feel of the word—were not just racing world wide. They have been additionally racing during the very middle of the Victorian age.

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“What a narrative! What a rare old adventure!”—Amanda Foreman, writer of A international on Fire
“A enjoyable, quickly, page-turning action-adventure . . . the exhilarating trip of 2 pioneering girls, Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, as they race round the globe.”—Karen Abbott, writer of American Rose
“[A] excellent story of event . . . the tale of those pioneering girls unfolds amid the thrill, setbacks, crises, neglected possibilities and a world trek not like the other in its time. . . . Why could you must fail to notice the awesome trip that takes you to the end line web page after nail-biting page?”Chicago Sun-Times (Best Books of the Year)
“In a beautiful feat of narrative nonfiction, Matthew Goodman brings the 19th century to lifestyles, tracing the heritage of 2 intrepid reporters as they tackled male-dominated fields—world go back and forth and journalism—in an period of superb momentum.”—Minneapolis famous person Tribune

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