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The sins of the father dominate erica wagners paean to the man behind one of americas most celebrated landmarkswhen completed in 1883 the brooklyn bridge was one of the great feats of 19th century civil engineering to this day it is as much a symbol of new york as the citys vaulting skyscrapers an about chief engineer a welcome tribute to the persistence precision and humanity of washington roebling and a love song for the mighty new york bridge he built the wall street journal chief engineer is the first full biography of a crucial figure in the american story washington roebling builder of the brooklyn bridge one of americas the bridge was conceived by german immigrant john augustus roebling in 1852 who spent part of the next 15 years working to sell the idea he had previously designed and constructed shorter suspension bridges such as roeblings delaware aqueduct in lackawaxen pennsylvania and the john a roebling suspension bridge between cincinnati ohio and covington kentuckyhis father conceived of the brooklyn bridge but it was washington roebling who built this iconic feat of human engineering after his fathers tragic death it has stood for more than 130 years and is now as much a part of new york as the statue of liberty or the empire state building yet as

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