The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

Written by:
David McCullough
Narrated by:
Nelson Runger

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2012
28 hours 0 minutes
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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James D.

There is almost too much detail to absorb for my taste, but no regrets. As the book concluded I found myself feeling proud and increasingly happy to be a American.

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Catherine M.

I'm ready to take my first walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and marvel in a way I couldn't have before I read this book. There's no way one can appreciate the blood, sweat, tears, frustrations, challenges and triumph that ensued from the building of this landmark.

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