"Bridges are the most overt, powerful, and rational expression of man's ability to build" David Plowden wrote in The Spans of North America. Montgomery Schuyler opined a century before: "our most durable monument-not a shrine, not a fortress, not a palace, but a bridge." FA Bausch makes a compelling case for their views. Featuring spectacular color photos of well known as well as nook and cranny bridges in North America, his text has an uncanny ability to capture the thrill of crossing them. Essentially a travelogue focused on bridges, he provides relevant technical/construction details while at the same time making a powerful case to visit the fascinating places these bridges take you to.
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Frank A. Bausch lives with his wife in Caswell Beach NC. He is a retired Navy Captain with squadron, aircraft carrier, and fleet staff experience. After leaving the Navy, he worked for CIA and DIA and then spent 10 years as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff for E-Systems (Raytheon). He holds degrees from St. John’s, NY and the Univ. of Maryland. At various times he has called New York, Rhode Island, California, Maryland, Colorado, Virginia and Florida home and he regularly visits his six grown children who live in various parts of the country.Review:
The structures featured in Bausch’s Bridges Crossed cover the entire country and the varied designs that are dictated by terrain—river gorges in some cases; the Linville Cove Viaduct as it rounds the mountain. This “pictorial travelogue” spans the length and breadth of America—and a couple rivers north of the Canadian border—describing each bridge not only in construction terms but also in regard to their importance to the region. Bausch admits to a heavy reliance on Wikipedia for technical information, but gives personal perspective to each unique structure. While it’s about bridges, it is at the same time a lifetime trip report. “Each of the bridges described in the book leads to a place I’ve been that seems to me so exciting or interesting, if you have not already done so, I trust you will find a reason to visit it...Whether it be a mountain pass, coastal plain or alpine highway, national park or urban landmark, bridges are a fundamental way you access these national treasures,” Bausch writes, “and this experience can be enriched and magnified by a better appreciation of why the bridge was built, not only where but also how.” Bridges Crossed is clear and to the point: 120 bridges, and the author’s total fascination with these crossings not only for their structure but for the places they lead.
- The State Port Pilot
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