The first full biography of a crucial figure in the American story--Washington Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge."I know that nothing can be done perfectly at the first trial; I also know that each day brings its little quota of experiences, which with honest intentions, will lead to perfection after a while." --Washington RoeblingHis father conceived of the BrooklyThe first full biography of a crucial figure in the American story--Washington Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge."I know that nothing can be done perfectly at the first trial; I also know that each day brings its little quota of experiences, which with honest intentions, will lead to perfection after a while." --Washington RoeblingHis father conceived of the Brooklyn Bridge, but after John Roebling's sudden death, Washington Roebling built what has become one of American's most iconic structures--as much a part of New York as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. Yet, as recognizable as the bridge is, its builder is too often forgotten--and his life is of interest far beyond his chosen field. It is the story of immigrants, of the frontier, of the greatest crisis in American history, and of the making of the modern world.Forty years after the publication of The Great Bridge, David McCullough's classic chronicle of how the East River was spanned, Erica Wagner has written a fascinating biography of one of America's most distinguished engineers, a man whose long life was a model of courage in the face of extraordinary adversity. Chief Engineer is enriched by Roebling's own eloquent voice, unveiled in his recently-discovered memoir that was previously thought lost to history.The memoir reveals that his father, John-a renowned engineer who made his life in America after humble beginnings in Germany-was a tyrannical presence in Washington's life, so his own adoption of that career was hard won. A young man when the Civil War broke out, Washington joined the Union Army, building bridges that carried soldiers across rivers and seeing action in many pivotal battles, from Antietam to Gettysburg-aspects of his life never before fully brought to light. Safely returned, he married the remarkable Emily Warren Roebling, who would play a crucial role in the construction of the unprecedented Brooklyn Bridge. It would be Washington Roebling's grandest achievement-but by no means the only one.Elegantly written with a compelling narrative sweep, Chief Engineer will introduce Washington Roebling and his era to a new generation of readers....
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Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge Reviews
CHIEF ENGINEER: Washington Roebling, the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge. (2017). Erica Wagner. ***.An interesting, but dense biography of Roebling that primarily features the accomplishments of his family in the world of bridges. One of the most important facts that led to the success of Roebling’s bridges was the use of ‘wire rope’, an important feature of his structures that was invented by his father. These ropes were responsible for the capability of maintaining high stress levels of structures of this type. This invention was responsible for moving the family into the world of the wealthy and leading the construction of a great number of bridges throughout the country. Bridges that were formerly under the credit of the senior Roebling included the Niagara Falls bridge and the Cincinnati Bridge to Covington. It’s hard to believe that most of this construction occurred right after the Civil war. The book is illustrated with photos from the period. I don’t know how they managed to recruit workers for the construction jobs after looking at the conditions they had to work under. This is a long read, but well done.
This is a full biography of Roebling, from his childhood days and apprenticeship under his overbearing-taskmaster father through his long retirement. In the middle, he goes off to fight in the Civil War (rising, impressively, from private to colonel) and, of course, leads most of the project of building the Brooklyn Bridge. It was an interesting, unusual life in a lot of ways: because his father's path to success was the wire-rope business -- a natural adjunct to working on suspension bridges -- there was a family firm that kept Roebling Jr. independently wealthy, and he seems to have basically not taken any jobs after the completion of the bridge, despite still being in his mid-forties at that time, with almost exactly half his life remaining. This means that unlike most biographies, which race through their subjects' childhoods and then get slower and more detailed as greater prominence leads to more available information, this one instead speeds up at the end: the post-bridge decades don't appear to offer much specific for Wagner to talk about. This imbalance is compounded by Wagner seeming as interested in Roebling's first wife Emily and his father as in the man himself. Since they both predeceased Washington by some decades, many of the main narrative and thematic strands of the book resolve fairly early on.As a biography, the book is serviceable. Nothing about the writing particularly stands out for its brilliance, but neither does it get in the way.
I won a copy of this book on goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is a very meaty biography and it took a while to get through it. Prior to reading this I knew nothing about who build it and how it was built. I have seen it in person and its a sight to behold especially when you realize how old it is and the fact its still in use today, reinforces the idea they don't build them like they used to. It was a good book I think an one interested in the history of New Yorks Landmarks would enjoy this, along with any one that has an interest in manufacturing and engneering in the 19th century and early 20th century would enjoy this book.
This wonderfully written book will bring joy to history readers! Whether you love New York City or history is general, this biography of Washington Roebling is for you. The author gives a good overview of father and son so you get an idea of their personalities. Washington's experience in the Civil War was interesting to me because his descriptions were those of a soldier, not a leader. Of course, the Brooklyn Bridge is the star of the book, but the surprise was the active role Roebling's wife played in completing the project.Read it.
Well-written and incredibly well-researched biography of a man whose contributions to the "Eighth Wonder of the World" have been unappreciated. As someone who has done extensive research in the archives myself for my own program "Bridge Builder in Petticoats" which examines the role his wife Emily Roebling played in the construction, I was particularly interested in the author's meticulous research. Kudos.
This book just kept drawing me to it. So I decided to enter to win a copy, so glad I did.It's about so many things in Washington Roebling's life, including the relationship between him and his father. I have been greatly moved by the reading of this real life story.Thanks to Goodreads, first-reads for this chance to win an ARC from Erica Wagner and Bloomsbury USA.
I really enjoyed reading about these inspiring engineers who perservered through many problems and hardships. There was just no 'give up' in them. Although this book says it is about W Roebling, I founf it to be as much about the father, John Roebling. A good read especially after a quick Sophie Kinsella preceding it, ;)
This is a very dense biography. Some really great info, interesting observations and a lot of information. Like i said dense. Still worth the read.