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

Great Bridge

Format: Audiobook

Source: Purchase

Rating: 3.5

McCullough goes into great detail talking of the Great Bride.  If you have read McCullough before you will be familiar with his style.  He has the overarching theme of a book and then gives you details on all the supporting cast, their family history, and any other tidbits he found in his research.

John Roebling was the one who won the right to design the Brooklyn Bridge.  He had engineered a few other bridges and after showing all these bridges to the financiers they agreed he was the man for the job.  While on site one day his foot got pinned by the ferry, his toes had to be amputated.  He refused any more treatment after that and died within a month.  Upon his death, his son Washinton Roebling took over.  Washington like his father was very hands on.  While building the Manhattan tower, he was always at the site and once with the caisson caught fire, he went down to inspect.  After that, he was inflicted with what became known as caisson disease also known as the bends.

When Washington Roebling became physically unable to go to the site, he got an apartment where he could oversee the site and gave instructions through his wife. Although he was unable to get to the site any more assistant engineers were still so impressed with his attention to detail.

Over the 13+ years it took to build the bridge there were all kind of worries of money laundering and John Roebling’s Sons manufacturing came under scrutiny since Washington Roebling was one of the sons and had stock in the company.  But due to the fact that all the Roeblings were men of character he sold his stocks and continued his work.

 

 

 

 

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