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Fréric Auguste Bartholdi was the archetypal man on a mission. With his country recovering from the disastrous Franco-Prussian War, this impassioned French sculptor decided that America would be his next scene of triumph. He realized that if his vision of a colossal statue of a welcoming woman would become a reality, he would have to rely on himself. With the energy of a modern-day entrepreneur, he gathered influential backers and worked hard to drum up support for his ambitious project. Many books have been written about the Statue of Liberty; none of them before this capture the heroic struggle to fund and construct this beacon of freedom.