BIG BRIDGE TO BROOKLYN by Frances Williams Browin
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This sturdily constructed narrative follows the careers of two New York City boys- Peter Schmidt, whose father runs a print shop, and Jim Carter, son of a ferry captain- who work on the bridge that Roebling built in the 1860's and 70's and afterwards become engineers themselves. To anyone the least bit interested in the dynamics of construction, the particular problems involved in the Brooklyn Bridge will have their fascination; there is emotional impact in the engineering feat alone. But this is added to by the lives involved- those of the ferry people who predicted ruin, Jim's and Peter's as they worked to go to night school and came to know Roebling through family connection, and Robeling's which was undermined by the very circumstances in which he had to work. Inspiring reading.

Publisher: Dutton