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Builders of the Bridge: The Story of John Roebling and His Son (Technology and society) [Hardcover]

by David Barnard Steinman
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  • Series: Technology and society
  • Hardcover: 457 pages
  • Publisher: Ayer Co Pub (June 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 040504724X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0405047244
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,184,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The most fascinating Engineering book I have ever read, November 29, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I read this book over 45 years ago while completing my undergraduate studies in Engineering. I have never forgotten it!! The significant substories within the book describe the development of wire rope; the construction of the first successful suspension bridge across the Niagara Gorge; the details of construction of the Brooklyn Bridge; and the comparison of the sway bracing of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and its ultimate fate. These could all have been the subject of separate books and each was facinating in itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More here than meets the eye ... October 6, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I'm stealing a part of a review written by "a reader" for the reprint edition of this book, as I think that it will give you a very good idea of the scope of this book: "The significant substories within the book describe the development of wire rope; the construction of the first successful suspension bridge across the Niagara Gorge; the details of construction of the Brooklyn Bridge; and the comparison of the sway bracing of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and its ultimate fate. These could all have been the subject of separate books and each was fascinating in itself." There are 16 excellent black-and-white photos on glossy paper and two wonderful engravings of building the Brooklyn Bridge. You don't have to pay $80 plus, the reprint price, for this First Edition published by Harcourt, Brace in 1945.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This fascinating book descibes the the story of the brooklyn bridge in New York, and the story of their builders, the roebling brothers. Roebling had the great idea of building a bridge not with stiff beams, but with two big soft ropes made of fibers of strong and elastic steel. An idea, which now is used with nearly all Bridges of wide span. I love this book, because it is not an engineering report, but the touching story of the life of mainly the elder Roebling brother, who dedicated his health and his life to this bridge.
I could read this book nearly 40 years ago, and still it is one of my favorites. I do not posess it, and I deeply regret that it is not available any more. Hopefully AMAZON can find some and put them on their stock...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book April 3, 2013
By Vandy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The Builders of the Bridge is great This is one of the most interesting , amazing books I have ever read, especially for a biography. From the beginning I was engrossed with this man's life & his dream of building a bridge like no one had seen before, the hardships he encountered & how he overcame them with his genius.
Doris
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