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

Paperback | March 12, 2019

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In this extraordinary graphic novel, author Peter J. Tomasi and illustrator Sara DuVall bring to life the construction of one of the most iconic landmarks in the world and shine a light on the incredible triumphs and tragedies that went into building the Brooklyn Bridge. After the accidental death of John Augustus Roebling in 1869, it was up to Roebling’s son Washington to complete the massive project. Unfortunately, there was more pain to follow, as Washington developed caisson disease, leaving him bedridden. Washington’s wife, Emily, deftly assumed a key role in the bridge’s construction by becoming her husband’s eyes and ears at the work site. As Washington’s wisest council, Emily skillfully navigated work crews who now had to answer to a woman, contractors, a hostile press, and a greedy city politician—all looking to take credit for the magnificent bridge slowly making its way across the East River. Through it all, the Roeblings persisted, rising above every obstacle to build the great bridge that connects Brooklyn and New York. 

Peter J. Tomasi is a former editor at DC Comics and a New York Times bestselling author. He lives in New York. Sara DuVall is an Eisner-nominated comics artist. They live in Seattle, Washington.
Title:The Bridge: How The Roeblings Connected Brooklyn To New YorkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 0.62 inPublished:March 12, 2019Publisher:Abrams ComicArtsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1419736167

ISBN - 13:9781419736162

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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