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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: Nelson Runger Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This monumental book tells the enthralling story of one of the greatest accomplishments in our nation’s history—the building of what was then the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge rose out of the expansive era following the Civil War, when Americans believed all things were possible.

During fourteen years of construction, the odds against success seemed overwhelming. Thousands of people were put to work. Bodies were crushed and broken, lives lost, notorious political empires fell, and surges of public doubt constantly threatened the project. But the story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge is not just the saga of an engineering miracle; it is a sweeping narrative of the social climate of the time, replete with heroes and rascals who helped either to construct or exploit the great enterprise.

The Great Bridge is also the story of a remarkable family, the Roeblings, who conceived and executed the audacious engineering plan at great personal cost. Without John Roebling’s vision, his son Washington’s skill and courage, and Washington’s wife Emily’s dedication, the bridge we know and cherish would never have been built.

Like the engineering marvel it describes, The Great Bridge has stood the test of 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

  • “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

  • “A great book…A stupendous narrative…Once again, truth is not only stranger than fiction but a hell of a lot more entertaining…This is the definitive book on the event. Do not wait for a better try: there won’t be any.”


  • “This is the kind of good, solid history that both informs and enlightens. Narrator Nelson Runger does an excellent job…His stately delivery and authoritative baritone lend credence to the author’s words and keep the story moving toward its exultant end.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amber Lee | 2/18/2014

    " Filled with lots of American History from the 1860 to early 1900's. An amazing feat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine | 2/17/2014

    " Very good; I agree with other reviewers that the engineering detail was kind of boring & could have used visuals, but the political & biographical parts were very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pkstod | 2/16/2014

    " I liked it a lot. Not an "on the edge of your seat" read, but quite informational and well written. It's amazing how much time, effort, technology and material went into The Bridge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/11/2014

    " Fascinating account of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Amazing what they had to do to build that bridge over 100 years ago. And I had a chance to go to New York this summer and walk up onto the bridge. It was so awe-inspiring! "

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