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

ISBN-10: 1451683235
ISBN-13: 9781451683233
Edition: 40th 2012
Authors: David McCullough
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $40.00
Edition: 40th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/15/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 608
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

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.

David McCullough is a writer, historian, lecturer, & teacher. He has received the Pulitzer Prize for "Truman", as well as the Francis Parkman Prize, & the "Los Angeles Times" Book Award. He is also a two-time winner of the National Book Award, for history & for biography. He lives in Massachusetts.

Preface to the Anniversary Edition
Acknowledgments
The Plan
Man of Iron
The Genuine Language of America
Father and Son
Brooklyn
The Proper Person to See
The Chief Engineer
All According to Plan
Down in the Caisson
Fire
The Past Catches Up
How Natural, Right, and Proper
The Mysterious Disorder
The Heroic Mode
At the Halfway Mark
Spirits of 76
A Perfect Pandemonium
Number 8, Birmingham Gauge
The Gigantic Spinning Machine
Wire Fraud
Emily
The Man in the Window
And Yet the Bridge Is Beautiful
The People's Day
Epilogue
Appendix
Notes
Picture Credits
Bibliography
Index

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