David McCollough has done a wonderous thing. the performance was extremely well done as well. do yourself a great deed and read (listen) to this book
Pacing is excellent with enough depth to make you feel like you understand why the choices that changed the design were made.
If you live in Brooklyn or in the New York area it's a must listen to. Very enjoyable. Give a real feel for the time. Grew side story of the late 1800's politics.
I liked this, but enjoyed his book on the Panama Canal more. The story seemed to drag at times, but this may be due to my having less interest in the political and social aspects of the story as opposed to the portions regarding the engineering. The narrator's performance is well suited to the book. I would recommend it.
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.
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.