Walking the Brooklyn Bridge with David McCullough

Monday, May 21, 2012

Historian David McCullough, author of The Great Bridge, on the Brooklyn Bridge. Historian David McCullough, author of The Great Bridge, on the Brooklyn Bridge. (Anna Sale/WNYC)

Historian David McCullough is known for his biographies of monumental American figures: John Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman. But McCullough second book, published in 1972, explored American history not through the eyes of a Founding Father or a President, but through one of the most important public works projects of all time: the Brooklyn Bridge.

McCullough published The Great Bridge 40 years ago. In honor of this anniversary, Anna Sale, reporter for It's A Free Country, walked the Brooklyn Bridge with McCullough and discussed design, the Gilded Age, and whether the bridge could have been built today.   

 

Guests:

David McCullough and Anna Sale

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

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