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The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge | [David McCullough]

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

This monumental book tells the enthralling story of one of the greatest accomplishments in our nation's history, the building of what was then the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge rose out of the expansive era following the Civil War, when Americans believed all things were possible.
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Publisher's Summary

This monumental book tells the enthralling story of one of the greatest accomplishments in our nation's history, the building of what was then the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge rose out of the expansive era following the Civil War, when Americans believed all things were possible.

So daring a concept as spanning the East River to join two great cities required vision and dedication of the kind that went into building Europe's great cathedrals. During 14 years of construction, the odds against success seemed overwhelming. Thousands of people were put to work. Bodies were crushed and broken, lives lost, notorious political empires fell, and surges of public doubt constantly threatened the project. But the story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge is not just the saga of an engineering miracle; it is a sweeping narrative of the social climate of the time, replete with heroes and rascals who helped either to construct or to exploit the great enterprise.

The Great Bridge is also the story of a remarkable family, the Roeblings, who conceived and executed the audacious engineering plan at great personal cost. Without John Roebling's vision, his son Washington's skill and courage, and Washington's wife Emily's dedication, the bridge we know and cherish would never have been built.

Like the engineering marvel it describes, The Great Bridge, republished on the 40th anniversary of its initial publication, has stood the test of time.

Please note: The Great Bridge (Unabridged) is available for just one credit until June 20, 2012, after which point it will be priced at two credits.

©2007 David McCullough (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

“The impact of the soaring structure upon the American imagination and American life has now been measured with sagacity and style by David McCullough....The Great Bridge is a book so compelling and complete as to be a literary monument, one of the best books I have read in years. McCullough has written that sort of work which brings us to the human center of the past.” (Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times)

"The Great Bridge is a great book. . . . What David McCullough has written is a stupendous narrative about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, with a cast of thousands (give or take 100), whose major characters come alive on the page as authentically, as creatively, as would their fictional counterparts if one had the imagination to dream up such a yarn. Once again, truth is not only stranger than fiction but a hell of a lot more entertaining. Get your hands on The Great Bridge...This is the definitive book on the event. Do not wait for a better try: there won't be any.” (Norman Rosten, Newsday)

“David McCullough has taken a dramatic and colorful episode out of the American past and described it in such a way that he sheds fresh light on a whole era in American history.” (Bruce Catton)

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    Ryan 07-09-15
    Ryan 07-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow!"

    What a story and monument! Fascinating information and splendidly thorough. Loved Mr. McCullough's painstaking effort.

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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 06-25-15
    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 06-25-15
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    Fascinating moments interspersed with mind-numbing detail. Much of the descriptive detail would have been more interesting with images.

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    Gray Plano, TX, United States 05-29-15
    Gray Plano, TX, United States 05-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting... But a slow listen"

    Really enjoyed the content, but had to speed the pace. Seemed this one dragged a bit. Learned a lot... Good if you wanted to learn more about a bridge and an engineer who both have an interesting story.

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    michael 05-20-15
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    "American perseverance at its best"

    A great history that all Americans should know. The Roeblings set what ethical businesses should look like....today we try to reinvent the wheel, but all we have to do is to look at this example.

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    Nancy Upland, US, Canada 05-18-15
    Nancy Upland, US, Canada 05-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "History comes alive"

    Very informative but with a humanistic touch . Loved it . Enjoy all his books have read or listened to all . Great

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    "Will miss listening to this story."

    A little, very little, engineering training makes it feel like you are building the bridge along side Roebling and his wife Emily.

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    Colette Kocour Wellington, KS United States 04-17-15
    Colette Kocour Wellington, KS United States 04-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Important chapter in the history of NYC"

    Loved this book with all of the politics and machinations of 19th century New York City and the rest of the country.

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    Shannon 04-09-15
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    "Outstanding Writing"

    You will feel as if you are there, alongside Roebling, working to complete the Great Bridge. This book will make you want to travel to NYC just to see it first hand.

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    Dennis Cole 02-28-15
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    "A great read"

    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.

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    If you could sum up The Great Bridge in three words, what would they be?

    Success, cost, ambition


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Bridge?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Nelson Runger – was your favorite?

    I love Emily Warren Roebling. I wish I could find more information about her. She is such an inspiration to me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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