I can't believe it -- volume 2 of Mike Wallace's history of New York City is finally coming out!
This book has been two decades in the making, and while I'm disappointed that it only goes up to 1919 (which, given Wallace's age, raises the disappointing prospect that he will never cover the whole of the 20th century), if it's even half as good as volume 1 it will be an amazing work in which I will spend many hours immersed.
What more can I say about The Great Bridge that hasn't already been said? Not all that much.
The men who engineered and built this bridge were amazing-courageous, brilliant and talented. Some might even say they were insane, as the working conditions down in the caissons were extremely dangerous. I didn't even know what a caisson was until I read this book and now that I know, my respect for these workmen and engineers has grown.
I thought this book would be dry, and some parts were, but I learned a lot. Perhaps the extensive portions about the celebrations when the bridge finally opened could have been cut a little bit, but that's my only complaint.
This was a fascinating account of a huge event in American and New York history and I recommend it.
Thanks to my local library for the audio of this book!
This is absolutely an awesome book. The whole series is actually. The kids and I have read a few of the books from the series. The kids love finding all of the monsters on each page and I love that they get a lesson about things in each of the cities. These books are fun for the kids and the parents both.
This book is about exploring New York City. All of the main sites are listed throughout the book. You get to see the Statue of Liberty, The empire State Building, Grand Central Station and more. There is a small paragraph written about each site. Also there are Monsters hidden all over the place. There is a spot on each page telling yo how many Monsters to find.
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