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The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge (Hardcover)

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    ITEM#: 14028565

    David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, and The Greater Journey. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.
    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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    ISBN 9781451683233
    Genre HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 605
    Publisher Date 2012-05-15 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Simon & Schuster
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 10.25 in
    Wdth 7.25 in
    Thickness 1.75 in
    Unit weight 2.15 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors McCullough, David
    Country of Origin United States

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