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

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

David McCullough


The dramatic and mesmerizing tale of the development of the Brooklyn Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge on the time, a story of greed, corruption, and obstruction but additionally of optimism, heroism, and backbone, instructed through grasp historian David McCullough.

This enormous ebook is the enchanting tale of 1 of the best occasions in our nation’s heritage, in the course of the Age of Optimism—a interval while american citizens have been confident of their hearts that each one issues have been possible.

In the years round 1870, while the undertaking was once first undertaken, the concept that of creating an remarkable bridge to span the East River among the nice towns of new york and Brooklyn required a imaginative and prescient and backbone such as that which went into the construction of the good cathedrals. in the course of the fourteen years of its development, the chances opposed to the winning final touch of the bridge appeared spectacular. our bodies have been beaten and damaged, lives misplaced, political empires fell, and surges of public emotion always threatened the venture. yet this isn't in basic terms the saga of an engineering miracle; it's a sweeping narrative of the social weather of the time and of the heroes and rascals who had a hand in both developing or exploiting the surpassing firm.

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