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Bridges: A History of the World's Most Famous and Important Spans

Judith Dupre

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Introduction by Frank O. Gehry. Opening to a dazzling full-yard span, this panoramic tour introduces more than fifty of the world's greatest bridges in 200 high-quality black-&-white photographs and an engaging text that sheds light on the historical and technological background of constructions that range from the ancient Roman Pont du Gard to the newly constructed Tsing Ma bridge in Hong Kong.

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In her follow-up to Skyscrapers, Judith Dupré has taken her initial concept and turned it on its side. Bridges, like its predecessor, is a large-format hardcover book that opens to an impressive span a yard across. The format lends itself well to the material, displaying the many exquisite panoramic shots of bridges in full splendor. The impressive black-and-white photographs convey the majesty, elegance, and beauty of these structures.

Bridges is more than a picture book, however. Dupré presents a chronological collection of more than 45 bridges, from early Roman aqueducts to the most recent accomplishments of this century. Each bridge is accompanied by text that, together with the photos, provides the reader with informative background, anecdotes, and cultural and historical context. For fact seekers, the relevant names and numbers are readily accessible. For the parents of inquisitive children, "cantilever" will roll from the tongue as easily as "tension" and "torsion."

Dupré quietly proclaims in her introduction, "The unassuming poetry of bridges reveals itself to those who would see them." The author manages to convey this very poetry by giving us the tools to understand the power and grace of the bridge.

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Judith Dupré writes about art, architecture, and engineering in ways that delight and educate. She has written six award-winning books of illustrated nonfiction that have been translated into ten languages, including Skyscrapers, Bridges, Churches, and Monuments: America’s History in Art and Memory. She holds degrees from Brown University in English literature and studio art, and did postgraduate work at Hunter College and the Open Atelier of Design and Architecture, both in Manhattan. Currently, she is at Yale Divinity School doing advanced studies on the impact of time, memory, and ritual on architecture. She lives outside New York City.

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