America's Engineering Marvels

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Random House Value Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Photography - 64 pages
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Renowned photographer Carol M. Highsmith and writer Ted Landphair take a fresh look at some of the most remarkable structures ever built in America. Many of the sights included, such as Hoover Dam, were built to serve a critical function; for others, like the St. Louis Arch or Mount Rushmore, the function was purely aesthetic or commemorative. But all are notable for their scale and the technological genius that went into constructing them.
Travel-pictorial wizards Highsmith and Landphair turn themselves here to the wonder of industrial America. The "can-do" American spirit resonates behind every one of the sights included. A tribute to some of the most enterprising, ingenious, and visionary minds of the last century, this volume also reminds us of the lives lost and risks taken to get the job done. The fantastic oversize full-color photos of marvels like the Washington Monument, Brooklyn Bridge, and the 7.7-mile long Flathead Tunnel in Montana—the world's seventh longest railroad tunnel—are an unforgettable chronicle of American engineering at its best.

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Ryan Coonerty is vice president of Bookshop Santa Cruz, and a lecturer of Law at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and The London School of Economics, he writes for numerous magazines and newspapers and is co-writing a "postcard" history of the city.

Carol Highsmith is the author/photographer of nearly 30 photographic books on architecture and landscape and has been published in Smithsonian, Time, the New York Times, Architecture, the Washington Post Magazine, and Life. She is a long-time resident of Washington, D.C.

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