I love books by David McCullough, and this was no exception. He does everything within his power to make history interesting and alive, and he does without fail in my experience. This book was highly technical, however, and it was especially difficult to follow as an audible book (while driving in the car). I plan, however to get more information from other resources (hopefully with diagrams) and then read it a second time with a little more background. With that I will surely understand the use of caissons and basic features and principles of suspension bridges.
every great work of engineering should have a book like this one.
please read it, or listen to it. it is worth it, at least to appreciate great effort of great men.
thank you Mr McCullough for your wonderful story.
angels are in the details
There are so many great things to say about this book it's hard to know where to begin. Not only is it a great story about the Brooklyn Bridge it's also a story about the larger than life man that built the bridge. Fantastic book one I shall never forget.
One can never appreciate the brilliance behind the building of this great monument without understanding the personalities and parties involved. I highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates The Gilded Age.
A different narrator. One with some semblance of life in his voice that could read at a more normal pace.
Fired the narrator
Condense some of the biographical information about the myriads of players. Then again this material may seem to be going on so long becasue of the shortcomings of the narator.
I cannot review the story or give an accuratereview of this book because I am still listening to it. I have been istening for a few days and it feels like weeks. I listened to The Wright Brothers and enjoyed it very much. The only thing wrong was that I did not think McCullough was a great narrator. I didn't think there could be a poorer choice of narrator until I started listening to The Great Bridge. Nelson Runger is just so boring and dry. He is no different from readers you might hear on a local radio station that features people slowly reading news stories to the elderly and blind. I am considering retunring this audio book and buying it to read becasue I am really interested in the story. I don't think I can take much more of Runger. If I do listen to the whole thng I'll upate this review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this reading and the overall story. I did wonder at points why so much detail was given, but it was not so much as to become bored. It just seemed sometimes more than necessary.
As with many of this author's books, the story tells more about the age and the circumstances than the central character. If the central character here was the bridge and its chief engineer, the story simply used them as the constants as it moved through time from a very much agrarian America to the real start of the industrial revolution.
What an age that must have been.
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I enjoyed the story. It entertained me. It was as much to me about the people as it was about the bridge. I now appreciate the Brooklyn Bridge tremendously more and I visited it twice while I was listening to this audio book. That was great too.
I keep getting this man's books. I have not been disappointed yet. While his work may be too rich in detail for some, I find it hard to be critical of good sound knowledge of what happened.during important events such as the building of this landmark bridge. The account of how they struggled with the effects of high pressure while being ignorant of those dangers is enlightening. One learns much from honest descriptions of people working under the burden of ignorance. Only time will tell what we are even now ignorant about. I was constantly in awe of Roebling's willingness to stake so much on him and his father's skill and knowledge. Had they been wrong about any number of things the whole project would have become a disaster. It was a solo effort and solo glory. Bully for them.
There was a lot of detailed information throughout the book which helped in understanding the processes it took to build the Brooklyn Bridge. It amazes me to think how thing were done over 100 years ago!! Recommend to anyone..