A powerfully moving, authentic portrait of the Statue of Liberty, told through the eyes of those who created her and illustrated in glorious detail.
"e;Soon America will be one hundred years old. I share my dream of a birthday gift."e;
It begins in 1865 as a romantic idea, but ten years later Edouard Laboulaye s dream catches fire and takes shape. Sculptor Auguste Bartholdi gives the dream the form of a lady, holding a torch to "e;enlighten the world."e; Engineers, plasterers, carpenters, coppersmiths many of them immigrants work together to turn the lady into a monument over 100 feet tall. Joseph Pulitzer calls on readers to help fund a pedestal, and hundreds send in nickels, dimes, and even roosters for the cause. Doreen Rappaport s historically accurate, poetic vignettes and Matt Tavares s magnificent images remind us of the true origins of a national symbol and show that it took a lot of people to make the Lady."e;