Top Marketplace offers for ISBN

9780679760214

Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America

Petroski, Henry

Not the book you're looking for? Search for all books with this author and title
9780679760214: Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America

Petroski reveals the science and engineering--not to mention the politics, egotism, and sheer magic--behind America's great bridges, particularly those constructed during the great bridge-building era starting in the 1870s and continuing through the 1930s. It is the story of the men and women who built the St. Louis, the George Washington, and the Golden Gate bridges, drawing not only on their mastery of numbers but on their gifts for persuasion and self-promotion. It is an account of triumphs and ignominious disasters (including the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which literally twisted itself apart in a high wind). And throughout this grandly engaging book, Petroski lets us see how bridges became the "symbols and souls" of our civilization, as well as testaments to their builders' vision, ingenuity, and perseverance.



"Seamlessly linked...With astonishing scope and generosity of view, Mr. Petroski places the tradition of American bridge-building in perspective."--New York Times Book Review

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Henry Petroski's lyrical history of bridge builders in America is organized around five engineers: James Eads (inventor of the diving bell, which bridged Mississippi at St. Louis); Theodore Cooper (railroad bridge engineer and designer of the ill-fated Quebec Bridge); Gustav Lindenthal (Hell Gate Bridge, New York); Othmar Ammann (George Washington and Verrazano-Narrow bridges); and David Steinman (Mackinac bridge). Petroski's opening and closing chapters, "Imagine" and "Realize," remind us how a bridge starts out as a dream of engineering, but ends as a reality of compromise and maintenance. Edward Tenner says that "The profound contribution of Engineers of Dreams is to remind us that communication across generations may be the most important bridge of all."

From the Inside Flap:

With 131 illustrations in text.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Petroski, Henry Author
Published by Vintage Books, 1-59 (1995)
ISBN 10: 0679760210 ISBN 13: 9780679760214
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Z-A LLC
(Victor, MT, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Books, 1-59, 1995. Softcover. Book Condition: New. First Printing. 7.70 X 5.20 X 1.10 inches; 479 pages; Fast shipping. Bookseller Inventory # 28991

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 5.44
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Petroski, Henry Author
Published by Vintage Books (1996)
ISBN 10: 0679760210 ISBN 13: 9780679760214
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Books, 1996. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Petroski reveals the science and engineering--not to mention the politics, egotism, and sheer magic--behind America's great bridges, particularly those constructed during the great bridge-building era starting in the 1870s and continuing through the 1930s. It is the story of the men and women who built the St. Louis, the George Washington, and the Golden Gate bridges, drawing not only on their mastery of numbers but on their gifts for persuasion and self-promotion. It is an account of triumphs and ignominious disasters (including the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which literally twisted itself apart in a high wind). And throughout this grandly engaging book, Petroski lets us see how bridges became the "symbols and souls" of our civilization, as well as testaments to their builders' vision, ingenuity, and perseverance. "Seamlessly linked.With astonishing scope and generosity of view, Mr. Petroski places the tradition of American bridge-building in perspective."--New York Times Book Review. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0679760210

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.27
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Petroski, Henry Author
Published by Random House Inc (1996)
ISBN 10: 0679760210 ISBN 13: 9780679760214
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Secaucus, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House Inc, 1996. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # KS-9780679760214

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Petroski, Henry Author
Published by Penguin Random House
ISBN 10: 0679760210 ISBN 13: 9780679760214
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Random House. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0679760210

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.10
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Petroski, Henry Author
Published by Vintage Books
ISBN 10: 0679760210 ISBN 13: 9780679760214
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0679760210 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI210878167

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Petroski, Henry Author
Published by Random House USA Inc, United States (1997)
ISBN 10: 0679760210 ISBN 13: 9780679760214
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House USA Inc, United States, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 196 x 132 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. In his previous books, Henry Petroski has initiated us into the hidden mysteries of such everyday artifacts as the lead pencil, the paper clip, the zipper, and the Post-it note. Now, with Engineers of Dreams, he makes a jump in scale to contemplate those dry paths across the rivers and inlets of our cities, those hard crossings over the gulches and ravines of our countrysides, those eminently practical but inescapably aesthetic edifices that persist in taking our breath away (when we re not taking them for granted): bridges. The great era of American bridge building - which from the 1870s through the 1930s gave us such landmarks as the Eads Bridge across the Mississippi, the Hell Gate Bridge across the East River, the George Washington Bridge across the Hudson, and the Golden Gate Bridge at the mouth of San Francisco Bay - called for a special breed of engineer: equal parts dreamer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Since the building of any bridge is necessarily a collaborative effort, engineers of dissimilar philosophies and all-too-similar egos were thrown together on project after project, making for an ongoing, interwoven human and technological drama. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780679760214

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.90
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Petroski, Henry Author
Published by Random House USA Inc, United States (1997)
ISBN 10: 0679760210 ISBN 13: 9780679760214
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House USA Inc, United States, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 196 x 132 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. In his previous books, Henry Petroski has initiated us into the hidden mysteries of such everyday artifacts as the lead pencil, the paper clip, the zipper, and the Post-it note. Now, with Engineers of Dreams, he makes a jump in scale to contemplate those dry paths across the rivers and inlets of our cities, those hard crossings over the gulches and ravines of our countrysides, those eminently practical but inescapably aesthetic edifices that persist in taking our breath away (when we re not taking them for granted): bridges. The great era of American bridge building - which from the 1870s through the 1930s gave us such landmarks as the Eads Bridge across the Mississippi, the Hell Gate Bridge across the East River, the George Washington Bridge across the Hudson, and the Golden Gate Bridge at the mouth of San Francisco Bay - called for a special breed of engineer: equal parts dreamer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Since the building of any bridge is necessarily a collaborative effort, engineers of dissimilar philosophies and all-too-similar egos were thrown together on project after project, making for an ongoing, interwoven human and technological drama. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780679760214

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Petroski, Henry Author
ISBN 10: 0679760210 ISBN 13: 9780679760214
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. 133mm x 26mm x 203mm. Paperback. In his previous books, Henry Petroski has initiated us into the hidden mysteries of such everyday artifacts as the lead pencil, the paper clip, the zipper, and the Post-it note. Now, with .Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 496 pages. 0.467. Bookseller Inventory # 9780679760214

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Petroski, Henry Author
Published by Vintage Books (1996)
ISBN 10: 0679760210 ISBN 13: 9780679760214
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
English-Book-Service - A Fine Choice
(Waldshut-Tiengen, Germany)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Books, 1996. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # TB9780679760214

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.82
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Petroski, Henry Author
Published by Vintage Books (1996)
ISBN 10: 0679760210 ISBN 13: 9780679760214
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
ExtremelyReliable
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Books, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0679760210

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book