The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge by Gay Talese 0802776442 9780802776440
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With a new preface and afterword by the author and drawings by Lili Rethi. Towards the end of 1964, the Verrazano Narrows Bridgelinking the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island with New Jerseywas completed. It remains an engineering marvel almost forty years laterat 13,700 feet (more than two and a half miles), it is still the longest suspension bridge in the United States and the sixth longest in the world. Gay Talese, then early in his career at theNew York Times, closely followed the construction, and soon after the opening his bookThe Bridgeappeared. Never before in paperback, it remains both a riveting human drama of politics and courage, and a demonstration of Taleses consummate skills as a reporter and storyteller. His memorable narrativeaccompanied, as then, by the astonishingly beautiful working drawings of Lili Rethiwill now captivate a new generation of readers. Gay Taleseis an internationally bestselling author whose works includeThe Bridge,The Kingdom and the Power,Honor Thy Father,Thy Neighbors Wife, andUnto the Sons. His best magazine writings have been collected inThe Gay Talese Reader. He lives in New York City and Ocean City, New Jersey. In the late fall of 1964, soon after the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was completed connecting the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island, Gay Taleses remarkable bookThe Bridgewas first published. Talese, then in his early as a reporter for theNew York Times, followed the construction closely, on many occasions donning a hard hat and joining the workers on the catwalk of iron beams. More than just the story of the famous bridge, Talese produced a tribute to those who built it and an absorbing drama pf politics and courage, loss and achievement, which reminds us of the ways in which a man-made structure can affect myriad lives. Almost forty years later, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge remains, at two and a half miles, the longest suspension bridge in the United StatesandThe Bridgeis finally available in paperback, introducing a new generation of readers to Taleses consummate skills as a reporter and storyteller. He paints a revealing portrait of the daring, hard-living, high-steel workers, and of the average families and tradespeople who were displaced by the bridge and its ardent champion, Robert Moses. Revisiting the places and the people he encountered four decades earlier, Talese has added a lengthy and poignant afterword, bringing full circle the many dramas that makeThe Bridgea resonant story for our times. 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 projectthe 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 Book Review This book has the charm of max MillersI Cover the Waterfrontand the precision of HemingwaysDeath in the Afternoon.St. Louis 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 ofThe Bridge. All are worth reading.Houston Post Talese has spun a fascinating, engrossing account of the construction of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. This is an absorbing drama; superbly written.The Florida Times Union(Jacksonville) Talese tells warm, funny and tragic stories of men, women, steel and concrete. This book is fine reading.Denver Post Fine writing and story-tellin

Author: Gay Talese

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 208

Publisher: Walker Books

Publication Date: 2003-01-01

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