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

Written by:
David McCullough
Narrated by:
Edward Herrmann

Abridged Audiobook

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Book
71
Narrator
8
Release Date
July 2004
Duration
11 hours 0 minutes
Summary
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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Malinda Moore

I listened to this book after listening to McCullough's fascinating THE GREATER JOURNEY. Both books were compelling looks at 19th century history. This book offered amazing insight into one of the great feats of modern engineering, the politics that could have stopped its construction all together and the amazing men (and at least one woman) involved at every level. Highly recommend.

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Tom Flickinger

Listened to this book only because I fell in love with the Wright Brothers book from McCullough. I was not disappointed as the author allowed me to stand beside the great engineers of the bridge as it was being constructed. I think I suffered symptoms the bends as did the actual workers. Love McCullough and all he writes.

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