Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge‎

Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge‎

The Golden Gate Bridge links the urbanity of San Francisco with the wild headlands of Marin County, as if to suggest the paradox of California and America itself-the place that Fitzgerald saw as the last spot commensurate with the human capacity for wonder. The bridge, completed in 1937, also announced to the world America's engineering prowess and full assumption of its destined continental dominance. The Golden Gate is a counterpart to the Statue of Liberty, pronouncing American achievement in an unmistakable American fashion. The nation's very history is expressed in the bridge's art deco style and stark verticality.
Kevin Starr's Golden Gate is a brilliant and passionate telling of the history of the bridge, and the rich and peculiar history of the California experience. The Golden Gate is a grand public work, a symbol and a very real bridge, a magnet for both postcard photographs and suicides. In this compact but comprehensive narrative, Starr unfolds the hidden-in-plain-sight meaning of the Golden Gate, putting it in its place among classic works of art.

Title:Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge‎
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781596915343
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    Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge‎ Reviews

  • Lisa

    I was lucky to receive this book in a Goodread's book giveaway:) It's a subject that both my husband (a civil engineer) and I are interested in. We both found it to be a good comprehensive starting-po...

  • Lisa Vegan

    I won this book from the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program, and I am very grateful that I did. My to-read list is so long that I will read only a fraction of the books on it, and winning this ens...

  • Spiros

    I first "experienced" the Bridge when I was three days old, being taken home from the hospital (those were different times). Since then, I have walked across it, ridden across it, flown over it, and s...

  • Christine

    Today was the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge and there was a day long celebration to commemorate the event at the bridge and along Chrissy Field and the Marina Green. It was awesome, music...

  • Steve

    A fun, short, easy-to-read history of the Golden Gate Bridge. The writing gets more than a little flowery in spots- it is a paean to the Bridge as much as it is a history book - but it flows quickly a...

  • Paul Dinger

    This is an exhausting and very compelling account of the building of the Golden Gate with all of its local and state politics. It is also the portrait of several very vain individuals involved in its ...

  • John McDonald

    Kevin Starr first came to my attention in 2009 when my son entered school in Santa Barbara, and I became enamored of the history of the founding of California by Spanish missionaries led by St. Junipe...

  • P

    I purchased this read on a recent trip to California where I renewed my admiration for such a beautiful structure. The book is a review of the Golden Gate Bridge from the European discovery of the str...

  • Alfred Weber

    This was a bit of a disappointment. I would have liked a lot more information on the aspects of the design and construction of the bridge. This did cover a broad range of topics related to the bridge....

  • Frances

    A good quick overview of the history of the bridge, one I'd happily recommend to others who are new to the Bay Area. It is hard not to compare it to the David McCullough book, The Great Bridge, about ...