The Great Bridge

The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

McCullough, David G.

Book - 2001
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Great Bridge
First published in 1972,The Great Bridgeis the classic account of one of the greatest engineering feats of all time. Winning acclaim for its comprehensive look at the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, this book helped cement David McCullough's reputation as America's preeminent social historian. Now,The Great Bridgeis reissued as a Simon & Schuster Classic Edition with a new introduction by the author.This monumental book brings back for American readers the heroic vision of the America we once had. It 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 great things were possible. In the years around 1870, when the project was first undertaken, the concept of building a great 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 pyramids. 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 obstructing the great enterprise. Amid the flood of praise for the book when it was originally published,Newsdaysaid succinctly "This is the definitive book on the event. Do not wait for a better try: there won't be any."

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2001
ISBN: 9780743217378
Branch Call Number: 624.23 M133g 2001
Characteristics: 608 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm


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Mar 05, 2015
  • Rainman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A challenging read at times unless you are into politics or engineering, but quite a biography on Washington Roebling, his wife, and his father. The story is truly about the bridge, though, the "eighth wonder of the world." Count the years and lives that it took and compare to today's major construction projects. This book includes some fantastic pictures, including one of the NYC skyline when the New York tower of the bridge was its tallest structure.

Aug 14, 2013
  • yogacookie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love Non-fiction because it is real. This is very well written and in addition to holding your attention teaches some NY history. If you are a New Yorker, or have been, or will be, please read!


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Mar 05, 2015
  • Rainman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If the grumblers and those with "axes to grind" would let the work alone, they might wake up some morning and find it completed...


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