The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

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Simon and Schuster, 1972 - History - 636 pages
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The dramatic and enthralling story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge at the time, a tale of greed, corruption, and obstruction but also of optimism, heroism, and determination, told by master historian David McCullough.

This monumental book is the enthralling story of one of the greatest events in our nation’s history, during the Age of Optimism—a period when Americans were convinced in their hearts that all things were possible.

In the years around 1870, when the project was first undertaken, the concept of building an unprecedented bridge to span the East River between the great cities of Manhattan and Brooklyn required a vision and determination comparable to that which went into the building of the great cathedrals. Throughout the fourteen years of its construction, the odds against the successful completion of the bridge seemed staggering. Bodies were crushed and broken, lives lost, political empires fell, and surges of public emotion constantly threatened the project. But this is not merely the saga of an engineering miracle; it is a sweeping narrative of the social climate of the time and of the heroes and rascals who had a hand in either constructing or exploiting the surpassing enterprise.
  

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It's well written and wonderfully researched, but it's also a bit dull throughout. The book probably breaks down as 25% actual bridge building facts/details and 75% politics involving the men ... Read full review

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Amazing book, awesome storytelling. Really brings to life all of the drama, intrigue, corruption but also dedication, perseverance and genius associated with the Brooklyn bridge. A must read if you are interested in Americana, NY or bridge building. Read full review

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Contents

authors note
11
PART
19
The Plan
21
Man of Iron
39
The Genuine Language of America
63
Father and Son
85
Brooklyn
103
The Proper Person to See
122
The Heroic Mode
309
At the Halfway Mark
325
Spirits of 76
339
A Perfect Pandemonium
355
Number 8 Birmingham Gauge
372
The Gigantic Spinning Machine
397
Wire Fraud
434
Emily
452

The Chief Engineer
144
PART
171
All According to Plan
173
Down in the Caisson
195
PICTURE SECTION
215
Fire
231
The Past Catches Up
248
How Natural Right and Proper
269
The Mysterious Disorder
289
The Man in the Window
479
And Yet the Bridge Is Beautiful
505
The Peoples Day
525
EPILOGUE
543
APPENDIX
563
PICTURE CREDITS
601
INDEX
613
Copyright

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About the author (1972)

David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback.  His other widely praised books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Great Bridge, and The Johnstown Flood.  He has been honored with the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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