The Great Bridge

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

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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.<P>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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 636 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 37mm | 808g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprinted edition
  • illustrations
  • 067145711X
  • 9780671457112
  • 100,525

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`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`
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