Great Bridge by 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.

The 346th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 48th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction (The Modern Library)
  2. - The 80 Books Every Man Should Read (Esquire)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge Paperback 18606 $5.76 $1.76 1983
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge Hardcover 69479 $15.00 $8.43 2012
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge Kindle Edition 21756 $13.99 2007
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge Audio CD 102928 $21.94 $19.93 2004
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge Paperback 1218428 $8.48 $4.32 1983
David McCullough Great Moments in History E-book Box Set: 1776, The Johnstown Flood, Path Between the Seas, The Great Bridge, The Course of Human Events Kindle Edition 445530 $59.99 2011
The Great Bridge Paperback 1565956 $11.94 $7.97
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge 1st (first) edition Paperback 8410362 $18.60 $6.00 1982
David McCullough Library E-book Box Set: 1776, Brave Companions, The Great Bridge, John Adams, The Johnstown Flood, Mornings on Horseback, Path Between the Seas, Truman, The Course of Human Events Kindle Edition 348535 $129.99 2011
By David McCullough - The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge (Touchstone Book) (Reprinted edition) (12.2.1982) Paperback 700572 $11.76 $6.82 1982
The Great Bridge Paperback 2595841 $68.62 $2.00
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge Hardcover 194593 $20.27 $11.36 2012