Liberty's Torch

Liberty's Torch

The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty

Book - 2014 | First edition
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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.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780802122575
Branch Call Number: 974.7 Mitc
Characteristics: xv, 310 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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


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Oct 27, 2014

If you are interested in how funds were raised in France and the USA to build Liberty, this is the book for you. I had hoped for much more about the statue itself, but there are no drawings and only a few photos.


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