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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This was really cool. I'm currently working some pretty massive projects for my company and its insightful to see how it was done back in the day. I've really been digging McCullough's engineering ... Read full review

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Another great McCullough piece. He brings life to history. He is one of my all time favorite authors. Read full review

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Contents

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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
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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 acclaimed books include 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, and The Wright Brothers. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Visit DavidMcCullough.com.

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