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Great Bridge : The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge - David McCullough

Great Bridge

The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

Hardcover Published: 12th January 1983
ISBN: 9780671457112
Number Of Pages: 636

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This monumental book 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 things were possible.

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.

"The Great Bridge is a book so compelling and complete as to be a literary monument. . . . McCullough has written that sort of work which brings us to the human center of the past." --Los Angeles Times "The Great Bridge is a great book. . . . This is the definitive book on the event. Do not wait for a better try: there won't be any." --Norman Rosten, Newsday "After reading David McCullough's account, you will never look at the old bridge in quite the same way again." --Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

Author's Notep. 11
The Planp. 21
Man of Ironp. 39
The Genuine Language of Americap. 63
Father and Sonp. 85
Brooklynp. 103
The Proper Person to Seep. 122
The Chief Engineerp. 144
All According to Planp. 173
Down in the Caissonp. 195
Picture Sectionp. 215
Firep. 231
The Past Catches Upp. 248
How Natural, Right, and Properp. 269
The Mysterious Disorderp. 289
The Heroic Modep. 309
At the Halfway Markp. 325
Spirits of '76p. 339
A Perfect Pandemoniump. 355
Number 8, Birmingham Gaugep. 372
The Gigantic Spinning Machinep. 397
Picture Sectionp. 417
Wire Fraudp. 434
Emilyp. 452
The Man in the Windowp. 479
And Yet the Bridge Is Beautifulp. 505
The People's Dayp. 525
Epiloguep. 543
Appendixp. 563
Notesp. 567
Picture Creditsp. 601
Bibliographyp. 603
Indexp. 613
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780671457112
ISBN-10: 067145711X
Series: Touchstone Book
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 636
Published: 12th January 1983
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 1