The Great Bridge
Evaluates the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge as the greatest engineering triumph of its time, citing the pivotal contributions of chief engineer Washington Roebling and the technical problems and political corruption that challenged the project.
The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of
Simon and Schuster
The dramatic and enthralling story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge at the time, a tale of greed, corruption, and obstruction but also of optimism, heroism, and determination, told by master historian David McCullough.
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 epic story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge
Man of Iron
The Genuine Language of America
Father and Son
The Proper Person to See
The Chief Engineer
Part two. All According to Plan
Down in the Caisson
The Past Catches Up
How Natural, Right, and Proper
The Mysterious Disorder
The Heroic Mode
Part three. At the Halfway Mark
Spirits of 76
A Perfect Pandemonium
Number 8, Birmingham Gauge
The Gigantic Spinning Machine
The Man in the Window
And Yet the Bridge Is Beautiful
The People's Day
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