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Around the World in Seventy-Two Days

Nellie Bly

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This is a true account by American woman journalist who, in 1889, set out to see whether she could beat the fictional journey in Jules Verne’s 1873 novel, Around the World in Eighty Days. Wearing one dress and carrying one handbag, Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (pen name “Nellie Bly”), reported her travels back to avid readers in America.

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Nellie Bly (pen name for Elizabeth Jane Cochrane) was an American journalist who lived around 1864- 1922. In this volume she chronicles her journey around the world where she broke the fictitious record of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg, making the trip in 72 days. She even takes time out during her tra

Nelly Bly's epic account of her trip around the world, undertaken as a publicity stunt in 1889-1890, has an unmistakable aura of Gilded Age enthusiasm about it, but it's also the work of a remarkable woman. Bly was a mold-breaker in every sense of the word -- she went places and did things that wome

This account of trailblazing woman journalist Nellie Bly's 1889 attempt to beat fictional Phileas Fogg's record, of travelling Around the World in Eighty Days in Jules Verne's novel, was a fun book to listen to on my daily walks the past week or so, although there's more to it than that, and Mary Re

The greatest value of this is in being able to read about how Americans in the late 19th century thought about technology, other cultures, and feminism. It was interesting to see what has changed and what remains similar.

3.5 ⭐️ Encantada de haber conocido a esta intrépida y valiente periodista pionera que fue Nellie Bly, admirable por su arrojo, confianza en si misma y sobre todo por negarse a aceptar que el papel de una mujer tuviera que limitarse al ámbito doméstico y familiar, que denunció las condiciones de trab

Impossible de donner plus de 3 étoiles. Le livre est trop problématique, malgré sa grande valeur historique. Aucun doute sur le fait que Nellie Bly est un personnage incontournable de l'histoire de l'émancipation des femmes, c'est pour ça que les jeunes américain(e)s en entende beaucoup parler. Mais

Finally, completed this after months of dragging through the pages.

Her remarkable stints at the madhouse (what an eye-opener!) and reporting directly from the firing line was clouded by her tone of disdain on her travels to lesser developed regions.
Her meeting with Jules Verne was a high point and

I highly enjoyed her lighthearted tale of her adventurous trip around the world. For the time period she was exceptionally ambitious for a woman. She was definitely groundbreaking both as a woman and a journalist. Although it was obvious "publicity stunt" she tackles it with journalistic integrity a

I enjoyed this book for the most part. It is a good story and step back to a different era, if you can get past her somewhat bigoted, arrogant remarks about some of the cultures she happened upon. She did redeem herself a bit as a not too ugly American with her descriptions of the Japanese culture.

I really wish the editor had added illustrations and photos to this printing. There are so many antiquated and/or foreign boats, carriages, etc. mentioned that it would be greatly beneficial to have pictures (rather than having to put the book down every half page and google something). As it is an

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