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The Great Bridge Audiobook

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

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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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    Candace Daly 03-15-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Thoroughly Fascinating"

    The overall story is fascinating. The details are a little too thorough at times. The narrator does a great job.

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    Bill Jackson Highlands Ranch, CO USA 02-03-17
    Bill Jackson Highlands Ranch, CO USA 02-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "3 Great Stories in 1"
    If you could sum up The Great Bridge in three words, what would they be?

    No I can't. Nevertheless, I found this to be a very interesting story that I listened to over a year ago and I still think back upon it from time to time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are 3 stories here, the physics of building a bridge, the biography of the chief engineer, and the history of New York City.


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    D.Skinner Upstate NY USA 01-29-17
    D.Skinner Upstate NY USA 01-29-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Awesome work of historical value."

    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

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    Montgomery Dempsey 01-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "one of my favorite books"

    Pacing is excellent with enough depth to make you feel like you understand why the choices that changed the design were made.

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    Joe New York Nanuet, New York United States 01-06-17
    Joe New York Nanuet, New York United States 01-06-17

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    "A lot of history Nuggets'"

    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.

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    PMo Wyoming, USA 10-24-16
    PMo Wyoming, USA 10-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Recommended, but don't miss his Panama Canal book"

    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.

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    Pat Burnett 10-02-16
    Pat Burnett 10-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "For History Buffs"

    There is so much more history in this book than just covering the bridge - it was fascinating

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    AShirley Springfield, IL 08-15-16
    AShirley Springfield, IL 08-15-16 Listener Since 2006
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    "Highly Technical!"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 07-18-16

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    "every great work"

    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

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    Henry A. Hilson 07-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow what an excellent book!"

    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.

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