The Roots of Progress

The Great Bridge

The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

David McCullough

A history of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, by one of the most popular writers of American history.

I enjoyed this book and learned a good deal about bridge building, although not as much as I had hoped. Given how much I enjoyed McCullough’s book on the Panama Canal, I was a bit disappointed that there was only a moderate level of detail of the engineering challenges and solutions of the bridge, and that there was so much about the politics of building and funding it. I did, however, appreciate the portrait of the Gilded Age, and now when I hear about “Boss Tweed” and “Tammany Hall” I’ll have a more vivid understanding of what that refers to.

Recommended for history buffs.

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Other books by David McCullough

The Path Between the Seas

The Johnstown Flood