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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,689 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David McCullough Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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” (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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Quotes & Awards

  • “After reading David McCullough’s account, you will never look at the old bridge in quite the same way again.”

    New York Times

  • The Great Bridge is a book so compelling and complete as to be a literary monument. . . . McCullough has written that sort of work which brings us to the human center of the past."
    —Los Angeles Times
  • “McCullough is one of our most gifted living writers.”

    Washington Post

  • “The impact of the soaring structure upon the American imagination and American life has now been measured with sagacity and style by David McCullough...The Great Bridge is a book so compelling and complete as to be a literary monument, one of the best books I have read in years. McCullough has written that sort of work which brings us to the human center of the past.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • The Great Bridge is a great book. . . . What David McCullough has written is a stupendous narrative about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, with a cast of thousands (give or take 100), whose major characters come alive on the page as authentically, as creatively, as would their fictional counterparts if one had the imagination to dream up such a yarn. Once again, truth is not only stranger than fiction but a hell of a lot more entertaining. Get your hands on The Great Bridge…This is the definitive book on the event. Do not wait for a better try: there won’t be any.”

    Newsday

  • “David McCullough has taken a dramatic and colorful episode out of the American past and described it in such a way that he sheds fresh light on a whole era in American history.”

    Bruce Catton

  • New York Times Bestselling Author

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lauren | 2/13/2014

    " Much more enjoyable than his book on John Adams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Scott | 1/12/2014

    " Vert detailed history of the bridge building with many side stories about the prsons involved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim Labay | 1/7/2014

    " This book tells the incredible story of one of America's national treasures. It is one of my all time favorite books. I highly recommend this book. It's a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gina Nielsen | 1/5/2014

    " Somewhat long in parts, but overall I liked how McCullough told this amazing story. "

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