Eighty Days
Eighty Days Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-making Race Around the World By Goodman, Matthew Book - 2013

I enjoyed this book very much. The late 19th century/early 20th century is my favourite time period. The advances in industry and transportation makes me think it must have been a very exciting era to live in. My father, who was born in 1922, used to tell me about times he worked on a farm. He walked behind horses to plow farmer's fields. My father saw the world change and advance in so many ways. The story of Nellie Bly and how she obtained the information for her articles was fascinating. It was not something many women did at that time. Many of the people written about in the book provide context to names you still hear about now. For example, Joseph Pulitzer was a newspaper publisher in New York City. Now we hear his name in association with the Pulitzer Prize awarded annually in twenty-one categories. Nellie meets the author Jules Verne who wrote, "Around the World in 80 Days". This book is what inspires Nellie Bly to do her own 'Around the World in 80 Days' story. The scenes the author Matthew Goodman illustrates with words drew me in. I felt like I was there in history visiting old friends. I highly recommend this book.

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