Young Nellie Bly had ambitious goals, especially for a woman at the end of the 19th century, when the few females with jobs in journalism were relegated to writing columns about cleaning or fashion. But fresh off a train from Pittsburgh, Nellie knew she was destined for more and pulled a journalistic stunt that skyrocketed her to fame. Pretending to be insane, she had herself committed to the notorious asylum on Blackwell's Island and wrote a shocking exposé about the clinic's horrific treatment of its patients. Nellie Bly became a household name as the world followed her enthralling career in first-person investigative journalism that raised awareness of political corruption, poverty, and abuses of human rights. Leading an uncommonly full life, Bly circled the globe in a record 72 days and brought home a pet monkey before marrying an aged millionaire and running his company after his death. With its sensational but true plot, this book dares its readers to live as boldly as its remarkable heroine.