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    DescriptionFirst published in 1972, "The Great Bridge" is 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 Bridge" is 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, "Newsday" said succinctly "This is the definitive book on the event. Do not wait for a better try: there won't be any."


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    Title
    The Great Bridge
    Subtitle
    The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David McCullough, Read by Edward Herrmann
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Number of pages: 9
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 150 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780743537230
    ISBN 10: 0743537238
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDATL, CULT/NRTHES, GEOG/NEWYRK
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    BISAC V2.8: TEC009020
    Ingram Theme: LOCL/NYNEWY
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036080, HIS000000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 86830
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 624/.5/097471, 624.5097471
    LC classification: RZA 7496
    Edition
    Abridged
    Edition statement
    Abridged
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER AUDIO
    Imprint name
    SIMON & SCHUSTER AUDIO
    Publication date
    01 July 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    ""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"