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

David McCullough

Published on the fortieth anniversary of its initial publication, this edition of the classic book contains a new Preface by David McCullough, "one of our most gifted living writers" (The Washington Post). Built to join the rapidly expanding cities of New York and Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge was thought by many at the start to be an impossibility destined to fail if not from insurmountable technical problems then from political corruption. (It was the heyday of Boss Tweed in New York.) But the Brooklyn Bridge was at once the greatest engineering triumph of the age, a surpassing work of art, a proud American icon, and a story like no other in our history. Courage, chicanery, unprecedented ingenuity and plain blundering, heroes, rascals, all the best and worst in human nature played a part. At the center of the drama were the stricken chief engineer, Washington Roebling and his remarkable wife, Emily Warren Roebling, neither of whom ever gave up in the face of one heartbreaking setback after another. The Great Bridge is a sweeping narrative of a stupendous American achievement that rose up out of its era like a cathedral, a symbol of affirmation then and still in our time.

Published on the fortieth anniversary of its initial publication, this edition of the classic book contains a new Preface by David McCullough, "one of our most gifted living writers" (The Washington Post). Built to join the rapidly expanding cities of New York and Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge was thought by many at the start to be an impossibility destined to fail if not from insurmountable technical problems then from political corruption. (It was the heyday of Boss Tweed in New York.) But the Brooklyn Bridge was at once the greatest engineering triumph of the age, a surpassing work of art, a proud American icon, and a story like no other in our history. Courage, chicanery, unprecedented ingenuity and plain blundering, heroes, rascals, all the best and worst in human nature played a part. At the center of the drama were the stricken chief engineer, Washington Roebling and his remarkable wife, Emily Warren Roebling, neither of whom ever gave up in the face of one heartbreaking setback after another. The Great Bridge is a sweeping narrative of a stupendous American achievement that rose up out of its era like a cathedral, a symbol of affirmation then and still in our time.
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History

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Published on the fortieth anniversary of its initial publication, this edition of the classic book contains a new Preface by David McCullough, "one of our most gifted living writers" (The Washington Post). Built to join the rapidly expanding cities of New York and Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge was thought by many at the start to be an impossibility destined to fail if not from insurmountable technical problems then from political corruption. (It was the heyday of Boss Tweed in New York.) But the Brooklyn Bridge was at once the greatest engineering triumph of the age, a surpassing work of art, a proud American icon, and a story like no other in our history. Courage, chicanery, unprecedented ingenuity and plain blundering, heroes, rascals, all the best and worst in human nature played a part. At the center of the drama were the stricken chief engineer, Washington Roebling and his remarkable wife, Emily Warren Roebling, neither of whom ever gave up in the face of one heartbreaking setback after another. The Great Bridge is a sweeping narrative of a stupendous American achievement that rose up out of its era like a cathedral, a symbol of affirmation then and still in our time.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Nelson Runger

Length:

27h 26m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

18:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

29:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

30:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

20:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

20:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

19:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

25:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

24:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

29:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

28:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:24


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

25:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

14:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

25:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

29:15


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

28:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

28:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

25:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

23:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

21:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

22:57


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

20:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

18:43


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

27:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

25:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

22:54


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

22:17


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

23:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

24:30


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

23:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

18:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

23:50


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

23:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

18:28


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

26:54


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

17:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

24:39


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

21:11


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

27:47


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

23:31


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

24:12


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

28:22


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

27:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

28:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

27:30


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

24:04


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

23:48


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

15:33


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

27:33


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

29:41


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

29:24


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

29:00


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

26:07


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

26:42


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

28:50


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

25:42


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

21:51


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

24:30


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

15:23


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

29:32


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

27:50


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

22:47


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

21:17


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

21:40


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

01:51