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The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the…

The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge (original 1972; edition 1983)

by David McCullough (Author)

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Title:The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
Authors:David McCullough (Author)
Info:Simon & Schuster (1983), Edition: Reprint, 636 pages
Collections:non fiction, american history, Your library, To read

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The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough (1972)

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Ed Herrmann narrates this, so it's like having Richard Gilmore read you a history book. So engaging and comforting. ( )
  eraderneely | Feb 14, 2019 |
Like with the Johnstown Flood, this book is intriguing from beginning to end. Who could have known that the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge could be so compelling? ( )
  impactwriter | Sep 5, 2018 |
David McCullough truly is a national treasure as many people have come to call him. He is a wonderful writer whose love of American History is inspiring to anyone who has ever read his works or heard him speak. This book looks at the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in great detail. As always, McCullough looks at all parts of the story, from the building and engineering challenges, to the local politics and all of the historical figures involved. I would never have read a book about this topic if it was written by a different author, and I learned a great deal from the read. Highly recommended. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
Truly wonderful. ( )
  lissabeth21 | Oct 3, 2017 |
@ Brooklyn Bridge
era of great connection / Atlantic cable / Suez Canal / transcont'l RR / P. 84 Brooklyn Bridge
Age of Progress — man the bldr — inexhaustible landscape of America
Roebling Father / Son / Wife / compared to Jules Verne Pg 247 / 20 th. leagues under sea / Bldg Bridge
Double monument to century Pg 549
Proved Industrialism not syn. w/ ugliness
Boss Tweed / Politics / kickbks pay backs etc.
1st discovered Bends in underwater work (caisson disease)
1873 — Panic Bks went under / under emp. drifters — country still moving ahead — immigrants streaming in from Europe
Gilded Age / E. Wharton's time / double standard — on every level
detail man — Roeb — 7th Reg. Band — march for opening not in step!

Built to join the rapidly expanding cities of New York and Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge was thought by many at the start to be an impossibility destined to fail if not from insurmountable technical problems then from political corruption. (It was the heyday of Boss Tweed in New York.)

But the Brooklyn Bridge was at once the greatest engineering triumph of the age, a surpassing work of art, a proud American icon, and a story like no other in our history. Courage, chicanery, unprecedented ingenuity and plain blundering, heroes, rascals, all the best and worst in human nature played a part. At the center of the drama were the stricken chief engineer, Washington Roebling and his remarkable wife, Emily Warren Roebling, neither of whom ever gave up in the face of one heartbreaking setback after another.
  christinejoseph | Jul 14, 2017 |
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It so happens that the work which is likely to be our most durable monument, and to convey some knowledge of us to the most remote posterity, is a work of bare utility; not a shrine, not a fortress, not a palace, but a bridge.- Montgomery Schuyler in Harper's Weekly, May 24, 1883
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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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