The Woman Who Rode the Wind

When a wealthy industrialist offers a prize of one million francs to the first person “to circle the Eiffel Tower in a flying machine,” it sparks an international
competition that pits European powers France and Germany against each other, and in turn against the young colossus across the Atlantic, America. One woman, driven by love and the need to redeem the tarnished legacy of her father. More
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About Ed Leefeldt

Ed is an award-winning journalist and writer who understands first-hand what it means to immerse yourself in a story. He doesn’t just research a topic, Ed experiences it.

His curiosity and commitment have won him numerous awards and prestigious fellowships. He was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his investigative work on voter fraud and Social Security fraud as a columnist for The Trentonian. As a result of his work, an election was overturned and a corrupt official went to jail. After his series on Social Security, federal law was changed to exclude criminals such as “Son of Sam” David Berkowitz from collecting Social Security benefits because of their crimes.

While covering mergers and acquisitions as the “hot stock” reporter for Dow Jones, Ed broke stories such as then U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani removing Wall Street traders from their offices in handcuffs.

As a senior writer at Bloomberg Markets magazine, where he covers topics as far-ranging as industrial espionage, computer hackers and credit card fraud, his articles have garnered two consecutive New York Press Club awards and been deemed a national finalist in the Investigative Reporters and Editors Contest. He has also been a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal and his work has appeared in The New York Times.

Ed has received fellowships to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania from the National Press Foundation and to Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as from the National Press Association, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, and the National Institute of Mental Health. His other awards include the American Bar Association Certificate of Merit, the New Jersey Bar Association Award for Investigative Reporting, and several honors given to him by his peers in the New Jersey Press Association, and the Sigma Delta Chi national journalism organization.

Ed is also the author of the non-fiction book, In Search Of the Paper Children, which exposed the foster care system and was instrumental in passing legislation to help children.

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