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'Liberty's Torch' reveals a statue with a storied past
'Liberty's Torch' reveals a statue with a storied past

Frederic Auguste Bartholdi is an all-but-forgotten figure in American history. He was, however, responsible for one of the most enduring symbols of the United States: the Statue of Liberty. A Frenchman from Alsace, he conceived, designed, sold and persisted until Liberty stood on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor. How this icon came to be is the fascinating subject of Elizabeth Mitchell's new book, "Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty." An entire book about the creation of a statue runs the risk of being a terrible bore. Yet Mitchell uses Liberty to reveal a pantheon of historic figures, including novelist Victor Hugo, engineer...

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