On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly, the crusading young reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s World newspaper, left New York City by steamship on a quest to break the record for the fastest trip around the world. Also departing from New York that day—and heading in the opposite direction by train—was a young journalist from The Cosmopolitan magazine, Elizabeth Bisland. Each woman was determined to outdo Jules Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg and circle the globe in less than eighty days. Matthew Goodman will tell the dramatic story of the race that spanned 28,000 miles, captivated the nation and changed both competitors’ lives forever.
Matthew Goodman is the New York Times-best-selling author of three works of non-fiction, including the award-winning Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World, which has been translated into eight languages. Goodman’s writing has appeared in The American Scholar, Harvard Review, Salon, and many other publications.