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Book Title: Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty|
The author of the book: Elizabeth Mitchell
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 614 KB
ISBN 13: 9780802122575
Edition: Atlantic Monthly Press
Date of issue: July 2nd 2014
Read full description of the books:The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world, a powerful symbol of freedom and the American dream. For decades, the myth has persisted that the statue was a grand gift from France, but now Liberty's Torch reveals how she was in fact the pet project of one quixotic and visionary French sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Bartholdi not only forged this 151-foot-tall colossus in a workshop in Paris and transported her across the ocean, but battled to raise money for the statue and make her a reality.
A young sculptor inspired by a trip to Egypt where he saw the pyramids and Sphinx, he traveled to America, carrying with him the idea of a colossal statue of a woman. There he enlisted the help of notable people of the age - including Ulysses S. Grant, Joseph Pulitzer, Victor Hugo, Gustave Eiffel, and Thomas Edison - to help his scheme. He also came up with inventive ideas to raise money, including exhibiting the torch at the Phildaelphia world's fair and charging people to climb up inside. While the French and American governments dithered, Bartholdi made the statue a reality by his own entrepreneurship, vision, and determination.
Read information about the authorElizabeth Mitchell is the author of two nonfiction books: Three Strides Before the Wire: The Dark and Beautiful World of Horse Racing (Hyperion, 2002) and W.: Revenge of the Bush Dynasty (Hyperion, 2000). Her third book, Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty, will be published by Grove/Atlantic Monthly Press in July 2014. The Washington Post selected Three Strides as one of the best nonfiction books of that year.
Mitchell recently authored novella-length nonfiction works for Byliner, including The Fire Horse (2012); Lady With a Past: A Petulant French Sculptor, His Quest for Immortality, and the Real Story of the Statue of Liberty (2011); and the Amazon nonfiction bestseller, The Fearless Mrs. Goodwin (2011), about the first female detective in the United States.
Mitchell’s freelance writing has appeared in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York, The New York Observer, Chicago Tribune, Details, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, O, Glamour, The Nation, beliefnet.com and babble.com. She was a contributing editor to Newsweek and Voter.com during the 2000 campaign season.
Her editing work has included Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance (FSG, 2013) by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, foreword by President Bill Clinton. She served as executive editor of Marlo Thomas’ number-one New York Times bestseller The Right Words at the Right Time (Atria Books, May 2002).
She was executive editor of George, having started with the magazine as a senior editor before George’s launch in 1995. Prior to that, she worked as features editor at SPIN.
Mitchell has been interviewed on numerous radio and television shows, including “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” “The Charlie Rose Show,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Booknotes with Brian Lamb,” and many other CNN, MSNBC, network and local programs. She has delivered lectures on journalism at Harvard University and Fairleigh Dickinson University, among other educational institutions. She will be teaching creative nonfiction in the Columbia University 2014 summer session.
She is the co-founder of ReadThis, a volunteer group that delivers books where needed, including to troops abroad, children living in poverty, and public schools with no library.
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