In 1873 writer Jules Verne captivated the literary world with his novel, “Around The World In 80 Days”. Sixteen years later two young women set off in a real life race of their own. You may have heard of one of them: Nellie Bly. She was an intrepid reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s “The World” newspaper. Chances are you haven’t heard of the other. Her name was Elizabeth Bisland. She worked as journalist with “The Cosmopolitan” magazine. In a new book author Mathew Goodman recreates their daring 28,000mile race against time and each other. He joins us to talk about these women and their era.
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Excerpted from EIGHTY DAYS: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World Copyright © 2013 Matthew Goodman. Excerpted by permission of Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.