An Abridged Bridge

The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows BridgeThe Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge by Gay Talese

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While this work deserved praise when originally published as a magazine article, as a book the selfsame praise becomes rather strained. Talese’s journalistic approach to the construction of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was (circa 1964) commendable in his role as a journalist; the bridge, at the time, being a news-related matter. Now, nearly 50 years later, a reader would come to expect something more substantial in the way of history…especially from a book titled, The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

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