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    DescriptionUntil 1894 there were no female sport stars, no product endorsement deals, and no young mothers with the chutzpah to circle the globe on a bicycle. Annie Kopchovsky changed all of that. Annie was a Jewish immigrant and working mother of three living in a Boston tenement with her husband, a peddler. This was as close to the American dream as she was likely to get--until she became part of what one newspaper called "one of the most novel wagers ever made": a high-stakes bet between two wealthy merchants that a woman could not ride around the world on a bicycle, as Thomas Stevens had a few years before. Annie rose to the challenge, pledging to finish her fifteen-month trip with a staggering $5,000 earned by selling advertising space on her bike and her clothing, making personal appearances in stores and at bicycle races, and lecturing about her adventures along the way. When the Londonderry Lithia Springs Water Company of New Hampshire offered to become the first of her many sponsors, Annie Kopchovsky became Annie Londonderry, and a legend was born. So began one of the greatest escapades--and publicity stunts--of the Victorian Age. In this marvelously written book, author Peter Zheutlin vividly recounts the story of the audacious woman who turned every Victorian notion of female propriety on its ear. When Annie left Boston in June 1894, she was a brash young lady with a 42-pound bicycle, a revolver, a change of underwear, and a dream of freedom. The epic journey that followed--from a frigid ride through France to an encounter with outlaw John Wesley Hardin in El Paso--took the connection between athletics and commercialism to dizzying new heights and turned Annie into a symbol of sexual equality. A beguiling true story of a bold spirit who reinvented herself against all odds, "Around the World on Two Wheels" blends social history and high adventure into an unforgettable portrait of courage, imagination, and tenacity.

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    Around the World on Two Wheels
    Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Zheutlin, Narrator Barrett Whitener
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 172 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 222 g
    ISBN 13: 9781400135479
    ISBN 10: 1400135478

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.4
    BIC subject category V2: BGS
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000, BIO023000
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO016000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 51600
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    Ingram Subject Code: JA
    Libri: I-JA
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    B&T Approval Code: A09403000
    BISAC V2.8: SPO011000
    DC22: 796.6/4
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    LC classification: GV1044 .Z44 2007C
    Thema V1.0: DNB, JBSF1, SMQ, SZD, DNBS
    Edition statement
    Library ed
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    03 December 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Peter Zheutlin is an avid cyclist and a freelance journalist whose work appears regularly in the "Boston Globe" and the "Christian Science Monitor." Barrett Whitener has won half a dozen coveted "AudioFile" Earphones Awards for his audiobook narration.