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National Book Festival

The Statue of Liberty is one of the world’s most recognizable symbols of freedom and the American dream. But, according to author Elizabeth Mitchell, the story of the creation of the statue has been obscured by myth. In reality, it was the inspiration of one quixotic French sculptor hungry for fame and adoration. In “Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty” (Grove Atlantic), Mitchell tells the story of an artist, entrepreneur and inventor who fought against all odds to create this wonder of the modern world.

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Elizabeth Mitchell

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