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The Great Bridge Summary
David McCullough

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The Great Bridge Summary

Plot Summary

The Great Bridge links politics, engineering and human drama in telling the epic story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, from 1869 to 1883.

Realizing each community stands to benefit from a land link between them, Brooklyn and Manhattan politicians obtain from the New York Assembly a charter for a private company to build a bridge. They appoint Henry Murphy, former mayor of Brooklyn, to President of the New York Bridge Company, and the renowned engineer, John A. Roebling of Trenton, NJ, as Chief Engineer. To win support for his plans, Roebling accompanies engineers and politicians on a train tour of his three previous triumphs at Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Niagara Falls. They are so impressive and so well illustrate the concepts he will use in Brooklyn, that work finally gets under way. Roebling again takes as his assistant his son, Washington, a graduate of America's premier engineering school. He...

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