Chief Engineer

Chief Engineer

Washington Roebling : the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge

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As much a part of the New York skyline as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge is instantly and internationally recognizable. Yet as iconic as it is, its builder, Washington Roebling, is too often forgotten. The Brooklyn Bridge took 14 dramatic years to complete and here the personal story which lies behind that construction is told for the first time. Meticulously researched, and written with revealing archival material only recently uncovered, this is an engaging and illuminating portrait of a brilliant and driven man, and of the era in which he lived.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2017.
ISBN: 9781620400517
Characteristics: xviii, 364 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 04, 2017

****************30 STARRED REVIEW **************************
Take fantastic historical scholarship, and mix with outstanding writing, and you end up with Ms. Wagner's wonderful book on the outstanding engineer, Washington Augustus Roebling. Throughout her book, Ms. Wagner sets the record straight, historically speaking, on Roebling who has too frequently had his work attributed to others! [On p. 304, an excellent example of 1918 Fake News: even after the reporter has been given all the facts, he still ends up fictionalizing his story!]
Of course, Ms. Wagner is affiliated with the University of London, where all outstanding talent appears to be connected to that institution, whereas when I frequently read some clown, crook or charlatan, one reads of their affiliation to Princeton, MIT, Yale or Harvard!
[My own comment: Imagine a great engineer like Washington Roebling, who enters the Union Army a private, musters out a colonel and contributed so much to the Civil War. Now compare him to Andrew Carnegie, appointed to the position of Superintendent of Telegraphs and Railways by his // special friend \\ Thomas Scott, Secretary of War, and observe how Carnegie is the ultimate War Profiteer, obtaining // loans \\ from Scott to make purchases based upon his inside knowledge gained from his position, which he then will leverage and increase thanks to further sweetheart government contracts after the war is over! Roebling, a great American . . . Carnegie, another blood-sucking war profiteer! Also, it was Carnegie's shipyards, under the management of a fellow named Schwab --- yes, Charles Schwab is his descendants' firm --- which sold the Germans the sub which sank the Lusitania, illegally in violation of official sanctions, through Canada.]


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