The Golden Gate Bridge, connecting the city of San Francisco to adjacent Marin County, was completed in 1937, at the time the longest suspension bridge in the world. Starr, a former California state librarian who has written extensively on the state's history, follows the bridge construction from inception to completion. The driving force behind the project was Joseph Strauss, an engineer with a strong aesthetic strain and a gift for promotion, especially self-promotion. He faced considerable opposition to the project from powerful forces, including the military and local business interests. His relentless manipulative and persuasive skills prevailed, assisted by the attraction of a massive public-works project during the depths of the Great Depression. The final result was both a structural and artistic triumph that for many became as important an American symbol as the Statue of Liberty on the opposite coast.
Hardcover, 224 pages