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Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty

Elizabeth Mitchell
Format
Book
Published
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2014]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780802122575, 0802122574
Summary
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 Mitchell 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.
Contents
  • Prologue - The idea. Our hero emerges from the clay ; Bartholdi down the Black Nile ; The Khedive refuses ; War and Garibaldi ; Paris in rubble
  • The gamble. America, the bewildering ; The workshop of the giant hand ; Making a spectacle ; Eiffel props the giantess ; The engineer and the newspaperman ; The blessing ; Liberty sets sail ; Pulitzer's army and other helpers
  • The triumph. Liberty unveiled
  • Epilogue.
Description
xv, 310 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-310).
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