The Bridge

The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Author: Gay Talese

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1620409119

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 1623

Toward the end of 1964, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge-linking the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island with New Jersey-was completed. Fifty years later, it remains an engineering marvel. 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 of this marvel of human ingenuity and engineering, he chronicled the human drama of its completion-from the construction workers high on the beams to the backroom dealing that displaced whole neighborhoods to make way for the bridge. Now in a new, beautifully packaged edition featuring dozens of breathtaking photos and architectural drawings, The Bridge remains both a riveting narrative of politics and courage and a demonstration of Talese's consummate skills as a reporter and storyteller. His memorable narrative will help celebrate the bridge's fiftieth anniversary and captivate a new generation of readers.
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Ehre deinen Vater

Author: Gay Talese

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783954030286


Page: 535

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Von den Vätern auf die Söhne

Author: Gay Talese

Publisher: Goldmann Wilhelm Verlag Gmbh

ISBN: 9781400039203

Category: Fiction

Page: 736

View: 1556

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Die Brücke von Coca


Author: Maylis de Kerangal

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518762508

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 1038

Die neuen Dimensionen der Komödien und Tragödien im Alltag der Globalisierung erzählt der preisgekrönte Roman der französischen Autorin Maylis de Kerangal. Personen aus den unterschiedlichsten Weltgegenden treffen aufeinander, und es entwickeln sich neue ungeahnte Verwicklungen, Verhältnisse und Beziehungen zwischen den Menschen, es entstehen völlig unbekannte Situationen mit unvorstellbaren Konsequenzen, Vorgänge, in den sich alte Einstellungen und neueste Haltungen gegenüberstehen. In Coca, einer Stadt im fiktiven Kalifornien, soll am Anfang unseres Jahrtausends eine enorme Brücke entstehen, mit der die letzte Kluft zwischen der westlichen Zivilisation und dem Rest an unberührter Kultur überwunden werden soll. Menschen aus allen Teilen des Erdballs strömen an diese gigantische Baustelle. Auf diese Weise bildet sich ein menschlicher Schmelztigel unbekannten Ausmaßes. In diesem Zusammenprall der Kulturen werden Kräfte ungeahnten Ausmaßes freigesetzt: Die Brücke von Coca registriert anhand der Stationen der Fertigstellung dieses Menschheitsdenkmals detailliert die Tricks der großen und kleinen Politik, die Passionen und Leiden, Verbrechen und Amouren beim Zusammentreffen der Kulturen: eine andere kosmopolitische Generation entsteht unter schmerzhaften Kämpfen.
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The Bridges of New York

Author: Sharon Reier

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486137058

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 2948

Stirring text-and-picture tribute to over 75 New York City bridges — among them the Brooklyn Bridge, Throgs Neck, Verrazano Narrows, Whitestone, George Washington, and other splendid structures.
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The Brooklyn Bridge

Author: G. S. Prentzas

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438119402

Category: Brooklyn Bridge (New York, N.Y.)

Page: 120

View: 9733

Opened on May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is widely considered the greatest engineering achievement of the 19th century. This vision of designer John Augustus Roebling would be the longest bridge ever built at the time. During the 14-year construction period, the project withstood city politics, numerous construction conundrums and accidents, and the death of Roebling. Standing as a prime example of American technological and architectural progress, this iconic suspension bridge remains one of the world's most recognized structures. Built to link Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge remains the most popular bridge in New York, open to pedestrians and motorists alike. Today, more than 160,000 people cross the bridge every day.
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Pushing the Limits

New Adventures in Engineering

Author: Henry Petroski

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307427366

Category: Architecture

Page: 304

View: 4517

Here are two dozen tales in the grand adventure of engineering from the Henry Petroski, who has been called America’s poet laureate of technology. Pushing the Limits celebrates some of the largest things we have created–bridges, dams, buildings--and provides a startling new vision of engineering’s past, its present, and its future. Along the way it highlights our greatest successes, like London’s Tower Bridge; our most ambitious projects, like China’s Three Gorges Dam; our most embarrassing moments, like the wobbly Millennium Bridge in London; and our greatest failures, like the collapse of the twin towers on September 11. Throughout, Petroski provides fascinating and provocative insights into the world of technology with his trademark erudition and enthusiasm for the subject. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Mighty Mac

The Official Picture History of the Mackinac Bridge

Author: Lawrence A. Rubin

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814318171

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 152

View: 5283

This impressive photograph collection captures the struggles and the hardships, as well as the determination and the pride of the men who labored to build the Mackinac Bridge.
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Six Bridges

The Legacy of Othmar H. Ammann

Author: Darl Rastorfer

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300080476

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 188

View: 6492

Othmar Ammann’s name may be unfamiliar, but the six magnificent New York City bridges he created are known to all - George Washington, Bayonne, Triborough, Bronx-Whitestone, Throgs Neck, and Verrazano-Narrows. Ammann’s long-span bridges came to define an epoch and shape the modern New York metropolis. This book examines the genius of Ammann and the special group of bridges he designed and engineered as part of the New York region’s interstate highway system. With more than 200 archival photographs, the book displays the physical transformation of New York, the development of long-span suspension structures, the construction process of each bridge, and the spectacular completed bridges.
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Construction - Craft to Industry

Author: Gyula Sebestyen

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1135817960

Category: Architecture

Page: 352

View: 4721

This book provides a unique and comprehensive survey of changes and trends in the construction industry focusing on the post-war years and emphasizing their contemporary and future relevance.
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Mount Manresa

Author: Thomas W. Matteo

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738573823

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 1621

Presents a pictorial look at the history of Mount Manresa, the country's first retreat house for the public.
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Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City

Author: Jonathan Soffer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231520905

Category: History

Page: 544

View: 5688

In 1978, Ed Koch assumed control of a city plagued by filth, crime, bankruptcy, and racial tensions. By the end of his mayoral run in 1989 and despite the Wall Street crash of 1987, his administration had begun rebuilding neighborhoods and infrastructure. Unlike many American cities, Koch's New York was growing, not shrinking. Gentrification brought new businesses to neglected corners and converted low-end rental housing to coops and condos. Nevertheless, not all the changes were positive AIDS, crime, homelessness, and violent racial conflict increased, marking a time of great, if somewhat uneven, transition. For better or worse, Koch's efforts convinced many New Yorkers to embrace a new political order subsidizing business, particularly finance, insurance, and real estate, and privatizing public space. Each phase of the city's recovery required a difficult choice between moneyed interests and social services, forcing Koch to be both a moderate and a pragmatist as he tried to mitigate growing economic inequality. Throughout, Koch's rough rhetoric (attacking his opponents as "crazy," "wackos," and "radicals") prompted charges of being racially divisive. The first book to recast Koch's legacy through personal and mayoral papers, authorized interviews, and oral histories, this volume plots a history of New York City through two rarely studied yet crucial decades: the bankruptcy of the 1970s and the recovery and crash of the 1980s.
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The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents)

Author: Gina Misiroglu

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 1578593247

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 304

View: 9418

Kids ask the darndest things . . . and here are the answers—all in one helpful book! Anyone who has ever been a kid, raised a kid, or spent any time with kids knows that asking questions is a critical part of growing up. Kids have curious minds and they come up with some very interesting questions. But the truth is adults don't always know the answers. The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents) comes to the rescue. Written with a child's imagination in mind, this easy-to-understand book is a launching pad for curious young minds and a life raft for parents at wits end. It addresses nearly 800 queries with enough depth and detail to both satisfy the curiosity of persistent young inquisitors and provide parents with a secure sense of a job well done. It'll equip every parent for those difficult, absurd, or sometimes funny questions from their kids, such as Is there life on Mars? Do rivers ever dry up? Why are there wars? Is there such a thing as a funny bone? Why do dogs bark? Why is the sky blue? Why do people have to grow old? Why do people speak different languages?
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Heartbeats in the Muck:The History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor, Revised Edition

The History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor, Revised Edition

Author: John Waldman

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 0823249859

Category: Nature

Page: 150

View: 2187

Now in a revised edition, the award-winning chronicle of the rich aquatic wilderness surrounding New York City-an extraordinary story of ecological survival despite the ravages of urban development.
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The George Washington Bridge

Poetry in Steel

Author: Michael Aaron Rockland

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813545544

Category: Travel

Page: 200

View: 2632

Since opening in 1931, the George Washington Bridge, linking New York and New Jersey, has become the busiest bridge in the world, with 108 million vehicles crossing it in 2007. Many people also consider it the most beautiful bridge in the world, yet remarkably little has been written about this majestic structure. Intimate and engaging, Michael Rockland's rich narrative presents perspectives on the GWB, as it is often called, that span history, architecture, engineering, transportation, design, the arts, politics, and even post-9/11 mentality. Stunning archival photos, from the late 1920s when the bridge was built through the present, are a powerful complement to the bridge's history. Rockland covers the competition between the GWB and the Brooklyn Bridge that parallels the rivalry between New Jersey and New York City. Readers will learn about the Swiss immigrant Othmar Ammann, an unsung hero who designed and built the GWB, and how a lack of funding during the Depression dictated the iconic, uncovered steel beams of its towers, which we admire today. There are chapters discussing accidents on the bridge, such as an airplane crash landing in the westbound lanes and the sad story of suicides off its span; the appearance of the bridge in media and the arts; and Rockland's personal adventures on the bridge, including scaling its massive towers on a cable. Movies, television shows, songs, novels, countless images, and even PlayStation 2 games have aided the GWB in becoming a part of the global popular culture. This tribute will captivate residents living in the shadow of the GWB, the millions who walk, jog, bike, skate, or drive across it, as well as tourists and those who will visit it some day. First major book on the George Washington Bridge Full of amazing facts about the GWB that will surprise even bridge historians Includes over 30 spectacular illustrations, ranging from archival photographs of the building of the bridge to those that show it draped in an enormous flag after 9/11 Includes personal accounts of the author's adventures on the bridge
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Making it in America

A Sourcebook on Eminent Ethnic Americans

Author: Elliott Robert Barkan

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576070980

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 1303

Hopeful immigrants have come to America for four centuries, trying to make a better life for their families. Making It in America: A Sourcebook on Eminent Ethnic Americans relates the stories of 400 first- and second-generation Americans who have uplifted our quality of life. The book celebrates multicultural success throughout U.S. history; the nationally renowned are found right alongside the not-so-famous who improved the lives of those in their own communities.
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New York

The Politics of Urban Regional Development

Author: Michael N. Danielson,Jameson W. Doig

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520906891

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 3442

This volume is the fourth in the Franklin K. Lane series on the governance of major metropolitan regions. The series is sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Studies and the Institute of International Studies, University of California in Berkeley. Readers of these volumes and other relevant literature will no doubt agree with the authors of this book that similar patterns are found in New York, London, Toronto, Stockholm, and indeed in "every other major metropolitan region in the United States and in other advanced industrial societies." The presence of such common factors and trends, although they assume different configurations in various metropolitan regions, has been demonstrated by the work of many scholars, including Peter Hall, Brian Berry, Marion Clawson, Jean Gottmann, Larry Bourne and William Robson, as well as by the authors of the other Franklin K. Lane books—Donald Foley, Albert Rose and Thomas Anton. In the present volume Michael Danielson and Jameson Doig have described and analyzed the cultural, economic, political and other social forces shaping development in the New York region. They present a picture of a region singular in its attractions, problems, geographic scope, magnitude of development, and complexity of the network of organizations involved in its governance.
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A Doghouse Tale

Author: Bert Oldenhuis

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1496978544

Category: Fiction

Page: 578

View: 8752

Case Devries, a cadet at the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, is earning some beer money by working in Eugene Stein's textile warehouse on Saturday afternoons. Rosanne, Eugene's sexy little secretary, picks him up from the academy gate and drops him off each Saturday. This leads to the inevitable--a relationship doomed to fail. or does it? It is, in any case, the upbeat to an adventure that, years later, takes Case and his buddy Brian O'Malley from their home away from home, the Seamen's Church Institute--otherwise known as the Doghouse--to India, aboard a ramshackle rust bucket of a freighter called the SS Flower Power. Aptly named for the era in which this adventure takes place and even more so the termination of the era, the Flower Power meets its final destination at the close of the sixties. the crew manning the good ship Flower Power couldn't be more colorful if they had been handpicked by a madman. They range from the utterly chaotic Captain Peachfuzz to the forty-five-year-old, three-hundred-pound John Aruda, an able-bodied seaman and a flower child who rises to every occasion, including arranging a marriage on the high seas. and then there is the mysterious container stowed aboard and buried beneath a load of chemical fertilizer that the Flower Power is carrying to India. the wheeling and dealing he has to do to get the container back where it belongs eventually brings Case into contact with Eugene and Rosanne, the two people he least expected to cross paths with ever again. A Doghouse Tale is the hilarious story of a motley crew sailing a ship held together by baling wire, paint, and a prayer. It touches on the deplorable condition of the US Merchant Marines in the 1960s, when a nation at war pressed old battle wagons such as the Flower Power into service, making those ships the laughingstock of the maritime world. It is also a moving story, showing that when the chips are down, a multicultural crew bands together as one to come to the aid of a shipmate.
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High Notes


Author: Gay Talese

Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN: 3455002897

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 5141

Neben Taleses berühmtester Reportage Frank Sinatra ist erkältet, die der Esquire einst zur »besten Geschichte aller Zeiten« wählte, versammelt dieser Band auch einen von Talese verfassten Artikel über deren Entstehung, außerdem zahlreiche bisher noch nie in deutscher Sprache erschienene Reportagen, die allesamt den literarischen Journalismus prägten wie kaum etwas anderes. Ein Standardwerk des New Journalism.
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The Painted Eyes

Author: Prem Malabari


ISBN: 0557315840

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Against the turbulent backdrop of 9/11 and the Iraq War, a powerful quasi-government "black operations" network based in North America sets up a vast honey-trap scheme. One of its prime targets is Salman Mirani, a wealthy Torontonian suspected of links to Islamic terrorists. And the lure used by the controllers is one of the "Gorgeous Geishas" by the name of Ola Jallo, a young Canadian beauty of Hungarian descent. However, while trying to entrap Mirani, Ola herself becomes entrapped: she falls in love with him. "The Painted Eyes" is the story of their doomed love.
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