The Great Bridge

The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

Ranked #5 in Brooklyn, Ranked #6 in Civil Engineeringsee more rankings.

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” (The 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...


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Michael Lopp VP of Engineering/SlackA fascinating read about when bridges were still in beta. (Source)

Brent Glass Even though you know what the ending is, he creates a dramatic sense of just what it took to bring this bridge into being and to complete it. (Source)

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