The Bridge: How The Roeblings Connected Brooklyn To New York by Peter J. TomasiThe Bridge: How The Roeblings Connected Brooklyn To New York by Peter J. Tomasi

The Bridge: How The Roeblings Connected Brooklyn To New York

byPeter J. TomasiIllustratorSara Duvall

Hardcover | April 17, 2018

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More than 130 years after its completion, the Brooklyn Bridge remains one of the most extraordinary landmarks and symbols of Brooklyn and New York City—and the story behind this architectural marvel is just as extraordinary.

The Brooklyn Bridge was originally designed by John Augustus Roebling, but it was his son, Washington, and his daughter-in-law, Emily, who oversaw the bridge’s construction. As work on the bridge went on, Washington developed caisson disease, leaving him bedridden for the majority of the bridge’s 14-year construction. Washington’s wife, Emily Roebling, took his place running the work site, deftly assuming the role of chief engineer, supervising the project and overseeing the workers, contractors, a hostile press, and greedy city politicians—an unusual position for a woman to take on at the time.

In this inspiring graphic novel, author Peter J. Tomasi and illustrator Sara Duvall show the building of the Brooklyn Bridge as it has never been seen before, and the marriage of the Roeblings—based on intellectual equality and mutual support—that made the construction of this iconic structure possible.

Peter J. Tomasi is a New York Times best-selling author known for his work on Superman Rebirth, Batman and Robin, Super-Sons, Green Lantern Corps, Detective Comics and Batman Arkham Knight, along with other commercially successful books, Brightest Day, Superman/Wonder Woman, Emerald Warriors, Black Adam, Nightwing and so many others. O...
Title:The Bridge: How The Roeblings Connected Brooklyn To New YorkFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.88 × 7 × 0.88 inPublished:April 17, 2018Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1419728520

ISBN - 13:9781419728525

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful! The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most iconic and oldest bridges in the United States. Although it was the brainchild of John Roebling, but it was his son Washington, and daughter-in-law Emily, who oversaw its construction and completion. However, when Washington's health deteriorated by Caisson disease, Emily with the guidance from Washington acquiescently became the engineer for the whole project until its completion. Behind every success story, there is a story of love, passion, determination, hope & sacrifice waiting to be told. Thus, through the black & white illustrations of this inspiring graphic novel, the author brilliantly chronicles this historical event from the bridge's inception in 1869 to its completion in 1883. I am quite the history buff and always enjoy history told through beautiful illustrations. The illustrations in this graphic novel accurately captured the era's setting. My only wish is that the illustrations are in colors. I enjoy the storytelling part albeit it was a little confusing for me in the first few pages. But read on! You will find that the story is intriguing specifically when Emily had to be the hands and feet of Washington. She had so much faith and hope in Washington's dream and was such a support to her husband. Their love for one another is an admirable one. The story on bridge construction (materials, calculations, etc) were quite insightful. I didn't know there were so much involved and the workers could also be at health risk, as they were infected with Caisson disease. In a nutshell, this graphic novel is a good way to learn about the history of Brooklyn Bridge. It is brief but insightful, and the language used was clean.
Date published: 2018-06-27

Editorial Reviews

The Bridge is exactly the type of story we need more of today—hopeful, idealistic, and daring.  An epic with a real-world icon at its center built by the heads, hands, and hearts of real world heroes.”