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Bridges That Changed the World Paperback – September, 2005

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A pictorial list of 50 spans, Graf's album exalts both famous and utterly obscure bridges. By including rope bridges in Nepal, and the newest suspension bridge giants in Japan and Denmark, the author underscores the commonality to any bridge's purpose: vaulting chasms and straits to link people and commerce. Florence's famous Ponte Vecchio, with the shops built onto its spans, expresses the idea literally, while other celebrated bridges do so symbolically, like the now-destroyed Stari Most in Mostar, Bosnia. Whatever a bridge's exact physical purpose, it also exudes a powerful aesthetic presence that Graf handsomely displays: the book's design faces a one-page historical description with a full-page photograph, with an oblong format enhancing the feeling of length. This effect is especially graceful on the An Ji Bridge in China, a beautiful 1,400-year-old structure. Turning from medieval stone bridges to those of the Industrial Revolution, Graf selects the seminal Iron Bridge in Britain, and he represents modernism with the single-mast Alamillo Bridge in Seville. An appealing diversion for browsers. Gilbert Taylor
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"A world tour which singles out more than 50 bridges for their beauty, historical significance, or technical ingenuity." -- Sunday Star-Ledger, Decemeber 2002

"An appealing diversion for browsers." -- Booklist, December 2002

"The role of bridges in world and American history is explored in two fine volumes..." -- Sacramento Bee, December 2002

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Product Details

  • Series: Changed the World
  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing (September 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 379133400X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791334004
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,839,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Over fifty famous bridges and their stories are gathered in a survey which will appeal to a far wider audience than the usual specialty bridge book. Here is a satisfying blend of striking photos and technical detail blended in with a history of bridge-building around the world. The real surprise lies in a lively writing style paired with discussions of bridges in regions which usually don't receive much mention, such as a sand-cast iron bridge in Coalbrookdale from the 1700s or the 1800s Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.
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I bought this book for my son who is almost 5. He is fascinated by bridges. So I got this book for him and he loves it. It has some really unique bridges with great pictures. (He likes it mostly for all of the pictures, but he will ask what country they are from, etc). I also find it interesting because they have detailed descriptions regarding the bridges.

So this is a great book, even if you have never had interest in bridges. Kids like it too!
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... But we seem to be missing a couple of continents. Africa, South America, Australia? No bridges?

This is a visual tour of landmark bridges of (mostly) North America and Europe.

Pretty book. Beautiful, large color photographs.Nice cross sections and diagrams explaining bridge construction technology.
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