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Old 09-28-2015, 02:17 AM
 
Location: Bronx, New York
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Fascinating read, on a lot of levels......

1. The Roeblings
2. The Brooklyn streets, plus some of the persons of whom many of those streets are named.
3. The party bosses at the time, like Tweed.
4. Speaking of Tweed, dude wanted his building right at the Bridge. It was and it is!

Great read, so far!
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Old 09-28-2015, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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I read this back in the 1970s. Glad to see it's still in print. Great book. One of the most interesting things was how they constructed the underwater bases upon which the towers rest. Ingenious.

Another book NY'ers should read: The Power Broker by Robert Caro. If you liked "The Great Bridge" you'll like this one as well.
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Old 09-28-2015, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I read The Great Bridge just last year. Fascinating read! The same author wrote The Path Between the Seas, about the Panama Canal; another wonderful book.

I trust it's not a spoiler alert to tell you that, in the end, the bridge was successfully completed. They made a big deal about it, throwing a huge party and everything. But I like how one of the directors wanted to do it: simply pull down the barriers, post a sign saying BRIDGE IS OPEN, and leave it at that.
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Old 09-28-2015, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Bronx, New York
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I read this back in the 1970s. Glad to see it's still in print. Great book. One of the most interesting things was how they constructed the underwater bases upon which the towers rest. Ingenious.

Another book NY'ers should read: The Power Broker by Robert Caro. If you liked "The Great Bridge" you'll like this one as well.
Already read Power Broker!
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Old 10-30-2015, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Bronx, New York
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Man, I'm up to the part of Tweed's corruption.......

1. $700,000 wedding of his daughter! (that's crazy, now! LOL!)

2. How Tweed tries to buy off the NY Times after exposing his corruption! (And man, exactly a century later, Nixon and his peeps try to put heat on the Washington Post!)

Why do I need to watch Scandal? I can read about the real thing in American History!
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Old 10-30-2015, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Sounds good. I'd enjoy that book.
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