The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Oct 28, 2014 - History - 192 pages
Toward the end of 1964, the Verrazano (or, more properly, Verrazzano) Narrows Bridge-linking the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island-was completed. Fifty years later, it remains an engineering marvel. At 13,700 feet (more than two and a half miles), it is still the longest suspension bridge in the United States and the sixth longest in the world.

Gay Talese, then early in his career at the New York Times, closely followed the construction, and soon after the opening of this marvel of human ingenuity and engineering, he chronicled the human drama of its completion-from the construction workers high on the beams to the backroom dealing that displaced whole neighborhoods to make way for the bridge. Now in a new, beautifully packaged edition featuring dozens of breathtaking photos and architectural drawings, The Bridge remains both a riveting narrative of politics and courage and a demonstration of Talese's consummate reporting and storytelling that will captivate new generations of readers.

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User Review  - TheAmpersand - LibraryThing

A brief, straightforward book describing the construction of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which connects Brooklyn with Staten Island, during the early sixties. While "The Bridge" explains the basics ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jim Lane - Goodreads

A nice little early effort from Talese which shows glimpses of the greatness to come in his future works. Much less about the actual construction of the bridge than the people involved both in ... Read full review


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Gay Talese is the bestselling author of eleven books including The Kingdom and the Power:The, Thy Neighbor's Wife, Honor Thy Father, and A Writer's Life. Bloomsbury has published two collections of his writing, The Gay Talese Reader and The Silent Season of a Hero. Talese lives in New York City.

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