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Towards the end of 1964, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge—linking the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island with New Jersey—was completed. It remains an engineering marvel almost forty years later—at 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 the New York...

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The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

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Overview

With a new preface and afterword by the author and drawings by Lili Rethi.

Towards the end of 1964, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge—linking the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island with New Jersey—was completed. It remains an engineering marvel almost forty years later—at 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 the New York Times, closely followed the construction, and soon after the opening his book The Bridge appeared. Never before in paperback, it remains both a riveting human drama of politics and courage, and a demonstration of Talese’s consummate skills as a reporter and storyteller. His memorable narrative—accompanied, as then, by the astonishingly beautiful working drawings of Lili Rethi—will now captivate a new generation of readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802776440
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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Gay Talese

Gay Talese is known for his daring pursuit of "unreportable" stories, for his exhaustive research, and for his formally elegant style. These qualities, arguably, are the touchstones of the finest literary journalism. Talese is often cited as one of the founders of the 1960s "New Journalism," but he has always politely demurred from this label, insisting that his "stories with real names" represent no reformist crusade, but rather his own highly personal response to the world as an Italian-American "outsider."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Not what I expected.....

    Book is more about the men who worked on the bridge, rather than the bridge itself, however I found parts to be very interesting. The scanning, thiugh, is terrible and made parts if this book hard to read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    Poor editing

    I share others' thoughts ... book is about the people rather than the bridge and whoever did the scanning for the eBook did a terrible review job! You can't change the font style or size. It's a quick read, once you figure out that "Alackinac" means "Mackinac" and "Airs." means "Mrs." There were a few sentences I never did figure out ...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    A Somewhere Bridge

    If you can get past the glitches caused by what must have been optical scanning of an existing text format, this book will give you new respect for bridges & those who build them. I think Talese wants to remind us how much we take these skills & their attendant risks for granted. -- catwak

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Poor quality ebook

    Many errors and font cant be changed makes for an extremely poor ebook experience

    Book itself is ok, but rather shallow and has little information about the bridge itself or its construction• mostly just stories about some of the workers on it and a few of the people displaced by its construction

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