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

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andlt;Bandgt;This monumental book tells the enthralling story of one of the greatest accomplishments in our nationand#8217;s history, the building of what was then the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge rose out of the expansive era following the Civil War, when Americans believed all things were possible.andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;So daring a concept as spanning the East River to join two great cities required vision and dedication of the kind that went into building Europeand#8217;s great cathedrals. During fourteen years of construction, the odds against success seemed overwhelming. Thousands of people were put to work. Bodies were crushed and broken, lives lost, notorious political empires fell, and surges of public doubt constantly threatened the project. But the story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge is not just the saga of an engineering miracle; it is a sweeping narrative of the social climate of the time, replete with heroes and rascals who helped either to construct or to exploit the great enterprise. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The Great Bridge andlt;/Iandgt;is also the story of a remarkable family, the Roeblings, who conceived and executed the audacious engineering plan at great personal cost. Without John Roeblingand#8217;s vision, his son Washingtonand#8217;s skill and courage, and Washingtonand#8217;s wife Emilyand#8217;s dedication, the bridge we know and cherish would never have been built. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Like the engineering marvel it describes, andlt;Iandgt;The Great Bridgeandlt;/Iandgt;, republished on the fortieth anniversary of its initial publication, has stood the test of time.

Synopsis:

The dramatic and enthralling story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the worldand#8217;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.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;This monumental book is the enthralling story of one of the greatest events in our nationand#8217;s history, during the Age of Optimismand#8212;a period when Americans were convinced in their hearts that all things were possible.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;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.

Synopsis:

Published on the fortieth anniversary of its initial publication, this edition of the classic book contains a new Preface by David McCullough, “one of our most gifted living writers” (The Washington Post).

Built to join the rapidly expanding cities of New York and Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge was thought by many at the start to be an impossibility destined to fail if not from insurmountable technical problems then from political corruption. (It was the heyday of Boss Tweed in New York.) 

     But the Brooklyn Bridge was at once the greatest engineering triumph of the age, a surpassing work of art, a proud American icon, and a story like no other in our history.  Courage, chicanery, unprecedented ingenuity and plain blundering, heroes, rascals, all the best and worst in human nature played a part. At the center of the drama were the stricken chief engineer, Washington Roebling and his remarkable wife, Emily Warren Roebling, neither of whom ever gave up in the face of one heartbreaking setback after another. 

     The Great Bridge is a sweeping narrative of a stupendous American achievement that rose up out of its era like a cathedral, a symbol of affirmation then and still in our time. 

About the Author

David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for andlt;Iandgt;Truman andlt;/Iandgt;and andlt;Iandgt;John Adams,andlt;/Iandgt; and twice received the National Book Award, for andlt;Iandgt;The Path Between the Seasandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Mornings on Horsebackandlt;/Iandgt;. His other acclaimed books are andlt;Iandgt;1776andlt;/Iandgt;,andlt;Iandgt; Brave Companionsandlt;/Iandgt;,andlt;Iandgt; The Johnstown Floodandlt;/Iandgt;,andlt;Iandgt; Theandlt;/Iandgt; andlt;Iandgt;Great Bridgeandlt;/Iandgt;, and andlt;Iandgt;The Greater Journeyandlt;/Iandgt;. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nationandrsquo;s highest civilian award.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Author's Note

PART ONE

1. The Plan

2. Man of Iron

3. The Genuine Language of America

4. Father and Son

5. Brooklyn

6. The Proper Person to See

7. The Chief Engineer

PART TWO

8. All According to Plan

9. Down in the Caisson

10. Fire

11. The Past Catches Up

12. How Natural, Right, and Proper

13. The Mysterious Disorder

14. The Heroic Mode

PART THREE

15. At the Halfway Mark

16. Spirits of '76

17. A Perfect Pandemonium

18. Number 8, Birmingham Gauge

19. The Gigantic Spinning Machine

20. Wire Fraud

21. Emily

22. The Man in the Window

23. And Yet the Bridge Is Beautiful

24. The People's Day

Epilogue

Appendix

Notes

Picture Credits

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451683233
Author:
Mccullough, David
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
McCullough, David
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Brooklyn Bridge, John Roebling, Washington Roebling, Emily Warren Roebling, New York City, Age of Optimism, East River, Manhattan, building the Brooklyn Bridge, construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn city planning, Manhattan city planning, engineer
Subject:
Brooklyn Bridge, John Roebling, Washington Roebling, Emily Warren Roebling, New York City, Age of Optimism, East River, Manhattan, building the Brooklyn Bridge, construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn city planning, Manhattan city planning, engineer
Subject:
Brooklyn Bridge, John Roebling, Washington Roebling, Emily Warren Roebling, New York City, Age of Optimism, East River, Manhattan, building the Brooklyn Bridge, construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn city planning, Manhattan city planning, engineer
Subject:
Brooklyn Bridge, John Roebling, Washington Roebling, Emily Warren Roebling, New York City, Age of Optimism, East River, Manhattan, building the Brooklyn Bridge, construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn city planning, Manhattan city planning, engineer
Subject:
Brooklyn Bridge, John Roebling, Washington Roebling, Emily Warren Roebling, New York City, Age of Optimism, East River, Manhattan, building the Brooklyn Bridge, construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn city planning, Manhattan city planning, engineer
Subject:
Brooklyn Bridge, John Roebling, Washington Roebling, Emily Warren Roebling, New York City, Age of Optimism, East River, Manhattan, building the Brooklyn Bridge, construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn city planning, Manhattan city planning, engineer
Subject:
Brooklyn Bridge, John Roebling, Washington Roebling, Emily Warren Roebling, New York City, Age of Optimism, East River, Manhattan, building the Brooklyn Bridge, construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn city planning, Manhattan city planning, engineer
Subject:
Brooklyn Bridge, John Roebling, Washington Roebling, Emily Warren Roebling, New York City, Age of Optimism, East River, Manhattan, building the Brooklyn Bridge, construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn city planning, Manhattan city planning, engineer
Edition Description:
Anniversary Edition
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
poss nice endpapers; two 16 pg bandamp;w
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in
Age Level:
Brooklyn Bridge, John Roebling, Washington Roeblin

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"Synopsis" by , The dramatic and enthralling story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the worldand#8217;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.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;This monumental book is the enthralling story of one of the greatest events in our nationand#8217;s history, during the Age of Optimismand#8212;a period when Americans were convinced in their hearts that all things were possible.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;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.
"Synopsis" by , Published on the fortieth anniversary of its initial publication, this edition of the classic book contains a new Preface by David McCullough, “one of our most gifted living writers” (The Washington Post).

Built to join the rapidly expanding cities of New York and Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge was thought by many at the start to be an impossibility destined to fail if not from insurmountable technical problems then from political corruption. (It was the heyday of Boss Tweed in New York.) 

     But the Brooklyn Bridge was at once the greatest engineering triumph of the age, a surpassing work of art, a proud American icon, and a story like no other in our history.  Courage, chicanery, unprecedented ingenuity and plain blundering, heroes, rascals, all the best and worst in human nature played a part. At the center of the drama were the stricken chief engineer, Washington Roebling and his remarkable wife, Emily Warren Roebling, neither of whom ever gave up in the face of one heartbreaking setback after another. 

     The Great Bridge is a sweeping narrative of a stupendous American achievement that rose up out of its era like a cathedral, a symbol of affirmation then and still in our time. 

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