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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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    30,000 lbs of Bananas Central Indiana, USA 09-09-17
    30,000 lbs of Bananas Central Indiana, USA 09-09-17
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    "It's a time machine..."

    It's a time machine that puts you right next to Washington Roebling as he constructs the most historic bridge in the country!

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    Diana 08-20-17
    Diana 08-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliantly Techy!"

    Another excellent McCullough story! Amazingly accurate re-telling of the relatively unknown saga behind the building of a beloved historical landmark. I finally understand the Tammany Hall scandals that rocked NYC! The only downside for me was a little too much technical description of the actual building process, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment in the least (just left me feeling a bit dazed!) I heartily recommend this book to any and all history buffs, lovers of architecture, and Brooklynites!

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    An Amazon Customer 08-16-17
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    "More Than a Story About a Bridge"

    This book is extraordinary. Yes, it tells about the building of one of the great marvels of engineering, perhaps of all modern history, th Brooklyn Bridge. But this story is interwoven with and enriched by a fascinating aubiographical history of the remarkable men who designed and constructed this amazing bridge; coupled with an in depth narrative history of the political, cultural and sociological history of New York, Brookly, New Jersey, Pensylvania and the United States, from early in the 1800's through the end of the 19th century. All in all, one of the best books of recent years, we'll written and well performed.

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    Barbara J. Gordon Bellevue, WA USA 08-01-17
    Barbara J. Gordon Bellevue, WA USA 08-01-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Oh my gawd"

    This was so boring I wanted to go watch paint dry. Too much detail and not enough story for my taste

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    Leslee 07-03-17
    Leslee 07-03-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating story!"

    Loved the narrator! Loved learning about men and women who accomplished such wonderful things in their lifetime!

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    "Anti-climatic, but a great documentary"

    Wonderful collection of history, however an abridged version would miss than suffice the casual or curious reader.

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    Michael A. Callen New York, NY USA 06-06-17
    Michael A. Callen New York, NY USA 06-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining and educational"

    The performance was perfect at any speed from .75 to 1.5 and could be adjusted to reading conditions. An admirer of The Bridge since childhood, I found the history of the area interesting and the construction details amazing but most of all it was a study of personalities, perseverance, courage and an education of how mean spirited and petty some people can be. It is the same today in politics with some high minded people of great moral fiber and some at the other end of the spectrum.

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    Ira B. Korman 04-26-17
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    "An Incredible Story of an Incredible Bridge"

    An inspiring story of man's ability to build great works and a fully engaging story of the people who defied all obstacles to build this magnificent bridge. For anyone who has ever seen or used this iconic structure, the story of its creation is a must read. From the genius and determination of John and Washington Roebling to the fortitude and bravery of the immigrant workers, this book book chronicles not only the building of a bridge but also the qualities that have made America great.

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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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