From Library Journal
A civil engineer, historian, and prolific author of railroad and engineering history, Middleton recalls the triumph and tragedy of the design and construction of the massive Qu?bec Bridge. Built to cultivate development of Qu?bec trade, and triumphant in its construction, the widely acclaimed bridge becomes a symbol of the indomitable spirit and achievement of the builders yet one of eventual failure of purpose. Middleton vividly recounts 70 years of deliberate and painstaking choices a suitable site, a bridge type, design engineering, financing and the demanding and dangerous construction techniques used to span the formidable St. Lawrence River. The dramatic events leading to a tragic collapse of the partially constructed bridge, the determined reconstruction, and a second tragic collapse assure the immortality of the longest cantilever span ever built. Meticulously researched and containing over 130 illustrations and a glossary, this book clearly interprets design theory, construction procedure, and the economic conditions that forced the bridge into a secondary transportation role. For historical transportation and engineering collections and all academic libraries. John E. Hodgkins, Yarmouth, ME
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"In this handsome work, civil engineer and historian Middleton traces the history of the Québec (Quebec) Bridge across the St. Lawrence River from its early planning stages in the 1850s, through the construction phase that ended in 1917, and on to the present day. The construction project was a tremendous undertaking, involving the erection of the world's longest cantilevered span. The project was fraught with difficulties, including two of the worst construction accidents in bridge-building history involving the loss of 86 lives. A failure analysis of these collapses is clearly presented in a way that nontechnical readers can understand. The author, who has written a number of books dealing with related matters, has done a thorough job of researching the historical aspects of the Québec (Quebec) Bridge, with the history of the bridge being well illustrated by the large collection of photographs amassed by the author. The book should be of general interest, but particularly so to structural engineers seeking to learn more of the history of their profession. All levels." —Choice