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




“[T]ells the thrilling and all-but-forgotten tale of an extraordinary artist and entrepreneur who fought setback after setback to create a wonder of the modern world. The quixotic and visionary sculptor Fraedaeric Auguste Bartholdi not only forged this 151-foot-tall colossus in a workshop in Paris and transported her across the ocean, but battled furiously to raise money for her construction, with little help from France or America. Notables of his age, including Ulysses S. Grant, Joseph Pulitzer, Victor Hugo, Gustave Eiffel, and Thomas Edison, were drawn into his scheme, which became one of the most audacious public projects the world had ever seen”–Back cover.


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