The Great Bridge

The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

By David McCullough
(Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781451683233, 605pp.)

Publication Date: May 15, 2012

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The dramatic and enthralling story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge at the time, a tale of greed, corruption, and obstruction but also of optimism, heroism, and determination, told by master historian David McCullough.
This monumental book is the enthralling story of one of the greatest events in our nation's history, during the Age of Optimism--a period when Americans were convinced in their hearts that all things were possible.
In the years around 1870, when the project was first undertaken, the concept of building an unprecedented bridge to span the East River between the great cities of Manhattan and Brooklyn required a vision and determination comparable to that which went into the building of the great cathedrals. Throughout the fourteen years of its construction, the odds against the successful completion of the bridge seemed staggering. Bodies were crushed and broken, lives lost, political empires fell, and surges of public emotion constantly threatened the project. But this is not merely the saga of an engineering miracle; it is a sweeping narrative of the social climate of the time and of the heroes and rascals who had a hand in either constructing or exploiting the surpassing enterprise.

About the Author
David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for "Truman "and "John Adams, "and twice received the National Book Award, for "The Path Between the Seas "and "Mornings on Horseback. "His other widely praised books are "The Greater Journey", " 1776", "Brave Companions", ""and "The Johnstown Flood. "He has been honored with the National Humanities Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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