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The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge (original 1972; edition 1983)
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough (1972)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 067145711X, Paperback)In the 19th century, the Brooklyn Bridge was viewed as the greatest engineering feat of mankind. The Roeblings--father and son--toiled for decades, fighting competitors, corrupt politicians, and the laws of nature to fabricate a bridge which, after 100 years, still provides one of the major avenues of access to one of the world's busiest cities--as compared to many bridges built at the same time which collapsed within decades or even years. It is refreshing to read such a magnificent story of real architecture and engineering in an era where these words refer to tiny bits and bytes that inspire awe only in their abstract consequences, and not in their tangible physical magnificence.
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A detailed account of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge providing background on its engineering history as well as the political and social climate of the late-nineteenth century.
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