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.
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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