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.
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Fascinating though a long listen.
Details of the design and engineering were interesting despite my lack of education on the subject. The information put forward on the politics added to the interest. My history education gave few details of Tweed and Tammany Hall, so i found that subject very interesting. There was much more to the Brooklyn Bridge than a paragraph in history! I cannot imagine the research that went into this book.
My favorite McCullough book
Couldn't put it down- imagery is as if I was there in the 19th Century watching this 8th Wonder of the World be constructed before my very eyes.