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The Great Bridge The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge,9781451683233

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

Edition: Reprint
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 5/15/2012
Publisher(s): Simon & Schuster
Availability: This title is currently not available.


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.

Author Biography

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 are 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, and The Greater Journey. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nationís highest civilian award.

Table of Contents



Author's Note


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


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


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




Picture Credits



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