This is an account of the journeys of two reporters, Bly and Bisland, whose respective publishers sent them on journeys around the world in 1889. Their mission: to beat the ``record'' set by Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg in Around the World in Eighty Days , all the while garnering information and publicity for their publications. While both women beat Fogg's record, Bly emerged the winner, completing the trip in 72 days. Marks (professor emeritus, Baruch Coll.), author of numerous travel articles, here elaborates on one of his earlier magazine pieces to render an entertaining story. The inclusion of the subjects' own writing allows for good comparisons of their itineraries, specific experiences, personalities, and reporting styles. A recommended purchase for travel and women studies collections.-- Elizabeth Loftus, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.