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Chief engineer : Washington Roebling : the man who built the Brooklyn Bridge

Author: Erica Wagner
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As much a part of the New York skyline as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge is instantly and internationally recognizable. Yet as iconic as it is, its builder, Washington Roebling, is too often forgotten. The Brooklyn Bridge took 14 dramatic years to complete and here the personal story which lies behind that construction is told for the first time. Meticulously researched, and
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Nonfiction
Named Person: Washington Augustus Roebling; Washington Augustus Roebling
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erica Wagner
ISBN: 9781620400517 1620400510
OCLC Number: 957022408
Description: xviii, 364 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: "No one ever does just the right thing in great emergencies" --
"The finest place in the world" --
"Something of the tiger in him" --
"I was not a chip off the old block" --
"It is curious how persons lose their heads in times of excitement" --
"The urgency of the moment overpowers everything" --
"I am very much of the opinion that she has captured your younger brother's heart at last" --
All beginnings are difficult, but don't give up" --
"I will have to go to work at something" --
"Good enough to found upon" --
"I'll have been quite sick for some days" --
"Now is the time to build the bridge" --
"Trust me" --
"She goes everywhere and sees everything" --
"The image of his wife floats before him" --
"You can't desert your job" --
"Time & age cures all this" --
Epilogue: cold spring.
Responsibility: Erica Wagner.

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As much a part of the New York skyline as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge is instantly and internationally recognizable. Yet as iconic as it is, its builder, Washington Roebling, is too often forgotten. The Brooklyn Bridge took 14 dramatic years to complete and here the personal story which lies behind that construction is told for the first time. Meticulously researched, and written with revealing archival material only recently uncovered, this is an engaging and illuminating portrait of a brilliant and driven man, and of the era in which he lived.

"His father conceived of the great span across Manhattan's East River, but after John Roebling's sudden death, Washington Roebling built what has become one of America's most iconic structures--as much a part of the New York landscape as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. Yet its builder's colossal accomplishment is too often forgotten--as are his other achievements. [This book] is enriched by Roebling's own eloquent voice, unveiled in a recently discovered memoir. This account reveals that his father--who forged a successful career in America after humble beginnings in Germany--was a tyrannical presence in Washington's life. A young man when the Civil War broke out, Washington joined the Union Army, building bridges and seeing action in many pivotal battles, from Antietam to Gettysburg--aspects of his life never before explored in such detail. After the war, he married the remarkable Emily Warren Roebling, who played a critical role in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Its completion would be Washington Roebling's grandest achievement--but by no means the only one. Forty years after the publication of David McCullough's classic chronicle The Great Bridge, Erica Wagner's elegantly written biography of one of America's most distinguished engineers tells the powerful story of a determined man whose long life was a model of courage in the face of adversity."--Dust jacket.

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