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The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Kindle Edition
“Mr. Talese has written a vivid, highly readable story of the building of the bridge. He has described movingly the people caught up in the project--the engineers, the workers, the displaced, and he sees the bridge as a human rather than a mechanical achievement . . . imparting drama and romance to this bridge-building story.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“This book has the charm of Max Miller's I Cover the Waterfront and the precision of Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon.” ―St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Only a writer in love with his subject could have produced so charming a narrative about a bridge. There are many stories within the story of The Bridge. All are worth reading.” ―Houston Post
“Talese tells warm, funny, and tragic stories of men, women, steel, and concrete. This book is fine reading.” ―Denver Post
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- ASIN : B00O2XD9UY
- Publisher : Bloomsbury USA; 1st edition (October 28, 2014)
- Publication date : October 28, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 66052 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 186 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #909,221 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"The Bridge: The Building Of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (the 50th anniversary edition) is another classic, with amazing photography and illustrations, and rich and powerful stories about the Ironworkers working at unimaginable heights on this amazing bridge over a span of five years.
Mr. Talese pays scant attention to the architects and the blueprints and concentrates on the workers who actually built these amazing structures, the danger involved in such jobs, the moving from one job to another with little recognition for their great accomplishments, and the comradeship that exist among this group of Ironworkers. This is a book about the grunts, the working class men who risk their lives and the ones that make such structures possible, and who take the dreams of architects and bring them to life. Strongly, Strongly recommend.
The book has many great photo's of the workers and some really nice sketches. Well worth a day of reading.
The work is hard and dangerous and is also highly paid. It attracts men who call themselves "boomers" and who live and work in this specialized world. Injuries are commonplace and there are always a few men who die, but the men who do the work do so with a sense of pride and accomplishment and bond together in camaraderie.
The author is a skilled literary journalist and brings this book to life with descriptions of real-life incidences and in-depth characterizations of some of the actual workers. I was left with a feeling of admiration for the courage and fortitude of the men who work at death-defying heights, using heavy equipment and having to dangle precariously while doing this in all kinds of weather.
I learned a lot from this book. I learned about the actual jobs. I learned something about New York politics at the time. I learned about some of the individual men who did their jobs and lived to tell about it. Frankly, I came away with a sense of awe. The author really did nail the reality of it all. I read it on Kindle but the printed book is only about 208 long. It sure does pack a tremendous wallop and is a unique reading experience.