Loved this book with all of the politics and machinations of 19th century New York City and the rest of the country.
This was a great story of how one America's great wonders was built. David McCullough has a way of making history very intersesting. I have never listened to or read any of his books but now I look forward to listening to all his books.
Success, cost, ambition
The opening ceremony, which isn't a clever answer, I realize. The ceremonies were so grand, and described in such detail I can picture them now.
I love Emily Warren Roebling. I wish I could find more information about her. She is such an inspiration to me.
Several. In suspense: bringing the line over the river the first time. In sorrow: at the death of John Roebling. In astonishment: at the political corruption of the time. In admiration: Washington Roebling's undying courage and confidence.
If this book sounds at all interesting to you, read it. It's marvelous. If a 27 hour long audio book about a bridge sounds monotonous, skip it. Although, McCullough brilliantly brings in the surrounding world, this book isn't for everyone. I loved it.
What a truly enjoyable story. How wonderfully investigated. Just fascinating.
I will never look at a bridge the same way and I look forward to my next visit to NY.
just too wordy and many other bridges built and seems we get lost on the building of this bridge.
The story of the building of the great Brooklyn Bridge is compelling and complex, and Mr McCullough does the story justice. He has a gift for timing and cadence in his prose, and he presents facts in way that breathes life into them. His history drew this reader into the narrative. Mr Runger is a capable narrator, but might do well to turn down the tone of simpering when presenting female voices. I enjoyed the audiobook so much that even after the 27-plus hours of unabridged listening, I felt sad when I finished the book. That is the most genuine compliment I can offer any work.
I love good history books about WW II, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. I like other good books about life and cooking.
I would recommend this book to anyone that has any interest in history and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Washington Roebling was my favorite character. Taking over for his Dad, and being in his shadow and to do what he and his wife did was amazing.
Nelson Runger did a very good job of narration. David McCullough is a fine narrator and I think Nelson did him proud.
How detailed it was and the history that was brought into the book.
Five star book and narration from me.
Yes - I'll probably listen to it again even after already listening.
Very well characterized the challenges in their day.
I appreciate Nelson Runger, but, I'm very tired of him. I've listened to him read at least 50 books.
Yes. The battle Roebling had with the worthless politicians who were willing to scrap thehim, the greatest asset of the bridge. Politicians always short-shrift the doers in the world - it's still true today!
I loved this book. I've heard almost every book I think in this genre - historical engineering projects, and this is one of the best. Highest recommendation.