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The New Colossus
by Marshall Goldberg

Published: 2014-03-25
Paperback : 300 pages
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GREED. CORRUPTION. MURDER. NEW YORK IN 1880 IS A HELL OF A PLACE TO MAKE YOUR LIVING.

Nellie Bly arrives at age 24 in Manhattan, lacking connections and money, but blessed with an abundance of courage and a skill for reportage. Within ten months she lands two front- page stories on the ...

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GREED. CORRUPTION. MURDER. NEW YORK IN 1880 IS A HELL OF A PLACE TO MAKE YOUR LIVING.

Nellie Bly arrives at age 24 in Manhattan, lacking connections and money, but blessed with an abundance of courage and a skill for reportage. Within ten months she lands two front- page stories on the country's most widely-read newspaper, Joseph Pulitzer's New York World.

The pugnacious and voluble Pulitzer is so impressed that he assigns her to get to the bottom of a murder that has confounded the police-the untimely death of his friend Emma Lazarus, the controversial poet and activist. Her investigation leads to tense encounters with some of the most powerful and ruthless men of the time, in an era where elected officials are bought and sold, and where greed runs rampant on an unregulated Wall Street. Outgunned and ignoring her contemptuous all-male colleagues, Bly has only two real allies: a doctor who uses scientific techniques to establish criminal behavior, and a theater critic with unlimited access to underground New York. As the pieces fall into place Bly uncovers layer after layer of corruption, getting closer to a dangerous core-and to the truth.

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Emma Lazarus and her poem "The New Colossus"
Nelly Bly first female journalist
Women's rights in the early 1900s
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Statue of Liberty & Women's Rights
by seashell723 (see profile) 06/10/15
SInce The New Colossus is the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty...this would be a great theme.

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  "If you only read one book...make it this one!"by seashell723 (see profile) 06/10/15

I loved The New Colossus! I am a voracious reader, and have high standards...this book met and exceeded my highest expectations! Its beautifully written, inspiring, with an incredible story of strong and... (read more)

 
  "The New Colossus"by lposton (see profile) 11/09/14

Historical fiction with a local connection to Western PA reveals what it was like for a woman in the 1880's who had talent, ambition and courage.

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