I am a simple country boy with little aspirations to live in a city or even visit one. However, one day I shall go to New York City and will visit the Brooklyn Bridge. As a one-time student of architecture, I find this bridge particularly inspiring. Knowing of my interest in the Brooklyn Bridge, a very close friend and native New Yorker, gave me THE SPIDER OF BROOKLYN HEIGHTS as a gift. Veglahn's work is an historical novel that describes the construction of this impressive landmark. Although it lacks technical details and includes some factual inaccuracies, I love this book! One factual inaccuracy includes her description of the pillars. She has the order of them reversed. Historically, the construction of first pillar was not problematic, the second one was. If the first pillar were as problematic as the second was, the construction would have been halted. Thus, the loss of life and physical damage to the workers (and primary architect) occurred at the point of no return within the depths of the second pillar. THE SPIDER OF BROOKLYN HEIGHTS offers a sentimental view of the bridge. It is a story of people not primarily of the technological marvel. Despite some inaccuracies, I dearly love this book -- not only for the content, but also for the person who gave it to me.
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