The Great Bridge

The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
Author(s): David McCullough
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: May 15, 2012
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (27.40 hours)
Product Number: Z100135274
Released: Feb 12, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781442355606
Narrator/s: Nelson Runger
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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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Author(s): David McCullough
Genre: History, Science
Product Number EB00570008
Released: Sep 25, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: #9780743218313

Professional reviews

"Everything we ever wanted to know about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge is in this book, and we should be thankful for that. This is the kind of good, solid history that both informs and enlightens. Narrator Nelson Runger does an excellent job with this mammoth work. His stately delivery and authoritative baritone lend credence to the author's words and keep the story moving toward its exultant end. Runger is a master of understatement, and that works here. He puts McCullough's ideas front and center, where we can digest them and analyze their depth. The only drawback is that because of its length, the book and Runger's voice can wear us down. The reward at the end, though, is well worth the effort. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"

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