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Around the World on Two Wheels

Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride

Zheutlin, Peter

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Around the World on Two Wheels
For more than a century, the story of the audacious and charismatic Annie Kopchovsky and her attempt to circle the world by wheel has been lost to history. Who was this mysterious young woman on a bike? How did she manage, in the 1890s, to make a trip around the world by bicyle? What was she like? How did she free herself from the social constraints that surrounded women of the Victorian era to undertake such an adventure? And how did an anonymous working-class Jewish mother fromthe tenements of Boston's West End transform herself into an internationally renowned globe-trotter?

Publisher: New York : Citadel Press, c2007.
ISBN: 0806528516
Characteristics: 260 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.


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Apr 14, 2010
  • cindymaxwell rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was not an easy read with detailed descriptions and some repetition of the same events. However, I learned a lot about women's lives and social mores during the 1890's and a little about the history of bicycling to boot! I came to admire Annie for her independent and strong spirit in spite of her tendency to tell tall tales about her so-called trip around the world on a bicycle. Amusing. Thought provoking. It will make you grateful that you didn't live in the 1890's!


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