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Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman
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bookshelves: 2018, at_ols, audio, non-fiction

Eighty Days tells the real story of two young women journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, who began a race in 1889 to complete a journey around the world in less than eighty days. The inspiration came from the novel Around the World in Eighty Days. The travels were sponsored by the respective employers of the two women, The World and The Cosmopolitan, in order to increase their falling sales.
Their journeys are, however, far less exciting than that of Phileas Fogg in the novel- the excessive verbosity of the book is irritating with its unnecessary details, and ultimately the book is more interesting for its digressions- New York's journalism in the late nineteenth century, the few women journalists employed there, the personalities of the owners of its two major publications- including that of Joseph Pulitzer, and the subsequent lives of the two women.

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July 5, 2018 – Shelved
July 5, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018
July 5, 2018 – Shelved as: at_ols
July 5, 2018 – Shelved as: audio
July 5, 2018 – Shelved as: non-fiction
July 5, 2018 – Finished Reading

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