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Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge… (original 1972; udgave 1983)

af David McCullough (Forfatter)

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McCullough gives the classic account of one of the greatest engineering feats of all time--the building of the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Titel:Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge (Touchstone Book)
Forfattere:David McCullough (Forfatter)
Info:Simon & Schuster (1983), Edition: Reprinted Ed, 636 pages
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The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge af David McCullough (1972)

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His father conceived of the Brooklyn Bridge, but it was Washington Roebling who built this iconic feat of human engineering after his father's tragic death. It has stood for more than 130 years and is now a... ( )
  maven79 | Apr 12, 2021 |
The Great Bridge was David McCullough’s second. It is throughly researched, and is not only a history of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, but also the politics that enabled and hindered that accomplishment and a history of the times. What makes this history very readable, though, are the personal stories revealed. John Augustus Roebling, the architect, Washington Roebling, son and chief engineer, and Emily Roebling, wife of Washington and true partner to both Washington and the project, are the characters around which the story revolves. The price that Washington and Emily paid to see the project through is quite remarkable. Washington’s intellectual powers, the knowledge he had acquired by such a relatively early age and the attention to detail and level of commitment he brought to his responsibilities are truly amazing.

In school I learned about Boss Tweed, Tammany Hall and corruption in New York City politics during that period in history, but I can’t say the topic and events ever really grabbed my attention. In McCullough’s book they are provided in the context of a specific story and therefore much more interesting. The book also reveals though that there were worse villains in the building of the Brooklyn Bridge than Boss Tweed. The Great Bridge also does a great job of uncovering the individual motivations of different players that generated the various swings in public opinion and efforts to control the project.

While I enjoyed understanding the challenges such a construction project posed given the knowledge and technology of the time, I did feel there was too much of this detail in places. Part of this is due to my difficulty in visualizing some of the efforts and physical constructs described. As a reader I also couldn’t help but want more insight into some of the personal details of the characters: the relationship between Washington and Emily, the intricacies of the politics and relationships within the Roebling family and the true causes of some of Washington’s health issues. Despite the enormous amount of detail that McCullough apparently had available to him, some of those details are lost in the past and some of the detail provided comes across as a bit dry. Ultimately, though, I am today a great admirer of the Brooklyn Bridge, the architectural feat it is and what it took to make it happen. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
Who could have imagined there would be so much to write about a man and a bridge? David McCullough's well researched story depicts life in the second half of the 19th century in New York City. While the characters in the story are intriguing the depiction of the characters are two dimensional, it was difficult to 'feel' connected to them except from an intellectual perspective.

We are fortunate that McCullough wrote the story of the building of the Great Bridge during a transformation time for the great city.

I plan on reading McCullough's John Adams and I hope I feel a greater sense of characters in this historic story. ( )
1 stem Jolene.M | Jul 30, 2020 |
The Great Bridge (1972) has a couple notable points. Foremost, McCullough was the first to discover important primary source documents about the bridge, stacked in a closet somewhere, thus making it an important history book that moved understand of events forward. That he wrote it for a general audience is a bonus. Second, while reading I was continually reminded of a Ken Burns films. After finishing I learned Ken Burns in fact made a film based on this book, but more significantly, it was Ken's first! The one were he invented the docu-story telling style now so familiar. It's apparent he was strongly influenced by McCullough's storytelling techniques. This is no small thing considering how influential those films have been. For these reasons it may end up being his most influential book. Finally, the book came out almost 50 years ago.. which is about the same lapse of time between when the bridge builder died and the book came out. I personally knew very little about the bridge or why it was so important, so this was helpful to understanding. McCullough brings the time period into focus and makes you feel as if you are there, the 1870s do not feel remote. ( )
1 stem Stbalbach | Apr 24, 2020 |
Long and very detailed with excellent narrative about the men who built the Brooklyn Bridge and how it was built. Covers the corrupt Tweed Ring in NYC, the news media, remarkable men and men of dubious reputations. Would not read this again, but will never look at a bridge without thinking about its construction. Read this in Jan and Feb for a couples book club in Garden City. 2020. ( )
  bereanna | Feb 16, 2020 |
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It so happens that the work which is likely to be our most durable monument, and to convey some knowledge of us to the most remote posterity, is a work of bare utility; not a shrine, not a fortress, not a palace, but a bridge.- Montgomery Schuyler in Harper's Weekly, May 24, 1883
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