Today’s excerpt features a tale of two women . . . racing around the globe.
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.
“[Goodman] draws fascinating portraits of two self-made women who captured America’s imagination by defying its gender stereotypes . . . [and] deftly mix[es] social history into an absorbing travel epic.”
“What an extraordinary historical adventure!”
—Amanda Foreman, author of A World on Fire
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