An absolutely fascinating account of the politics, financing, innovations, personal courage, engineering, tragedy and determination involved in the 14 year trip to completion. This story is guaranteed to cause you to look at any bridge or other great structure with a new set of insights and awe. I spent lots of time in the shadow of this bridge near City Hall Park and now I will not feel complete until I walk across it and see the vista of New York harbor from the vantage point offered only from the main span.
Great read. Very techinical, so a little hard to get through sometimes, but VERY educational and interesting. Glad I read it.
History that reads like a great novel.
This is such a good story and very well-written.
Beautiful Gift copy! This is one of the best books that I have ever read.Beginning with the dad architect dying at the beginning of the bridge in 1870, with his reluctant architect son taking over. This bridge is in excellent condition and still being used by auto traffic today which it was not designed for. This bridge should be one of the wonders of the modern world. Beginning with the supporting pylons going deep into the earth below the river bottom in shafts some died of the bends. That was the most dangerous part some lives were lost in the above ground buildings. Over the 14 year construction period political empires fell.This is also a sweeping narrative of the social climate and the heroes, including the architect's wife whom was a wise, smart and powerful woman who saved her husband by her sheer nerve. This book is a super drama of the time period of 1870-1884. I could not put this book down.