Press:Scholastic Scholastic Nonfiction (October 1, 2005)
Author Name:Sullivan, George
The stories of America's most magnificent canals, highways, dams, bridges, and skyscrapers.Americans didn't let mountains stand in the way of trade with the American West--they tunneled right through them to make the Cascade Tunnel and Hoosac Tunnel.
When water and power were needed, they built huge dams, such as the Fort Peck Dam and the Hoover Dam.
Faced with water to cross, they built beautiful bridges, such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
And the American character is best reflected by the building it invented, the skyscraper.
BUILT TO LAST profiles 17 architectural and engineering marvels, from the Erie Canal to Boston's Big Dig.
"Engineers and architects are problem solvers," writes Sullivan in the introduction to this welcome survey of American building--from the Erie Canal to Boston's current "Big Dig." Chronological chapters describe the historical forces that helped drive each project as well as the specific technological feats linked to each pioneering structure.
Numerous fact boxes offer more contextual details on subjects such as the impact of electric elevators and the working conditions (including salary and even a typical lunchtime meal) for builders of skyscrapers, dams, tunnels, and bridges through the decades.
The wide selection of captivating illustrations includes archival photos and engravings, architectural drawings, and color photos, many of which show the structure printed horizontally across a double-page spread, allowing, with a tilt of the book, a full, majestic view of each project.
A list of further readings closes.
Sullivan's skillful integration of social and economic history distinguishes this clear, well-designed title, which, like David Macaulay's Building Big (2000), will encourage children to marvel at the skill, labor, and wild inspiration required to lift large-scale projects from blueprints into the three-dimensional world.
Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association.
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Comment List (Total:7)
- "Built to Last" is broken up into five sections: The Early Republic (1790-1850); Invention and Discovery (1850-1910); Hard Times (1920-1940); A Golden Age (1950-1965); and Megaprojects (1990-present). Each section includes 2 to 5 construction projects with each project's chapter including details on location, cost, length/height and dates of construction, as well as a number of photographs. There are also a number of full two-page spread photos of the project being discussed. Descriptions are detailed and thorough. I would have liked to see a few more maps included, but that's more a personal preference than a real drawback.My early elementary school aged son checked this book out from the library and has had me read it to him. We're covering a construction project a night. He likes these sort of books and is enjoying it a lot, even the chapters on projects we've already read books about, like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge.My only real problem with this book comes from the section description pages that talk about the era the section covers. Both the Hard Times section and the Golden Age section include a few sentences that reflect the author's concept of the proper role of government. In a book so laden with indisputable facts I found it jarring to come across these pieces of information that are more like subjective interpretations and even value judgments. I feel they are not necessary, and they in fact detract from the quality of the book. There are only a few, but it downgraded the book, in my opinion, from 5 stars to 4 stars.
- Excellent photographs accompany this book for bigger kids, showing some of the most impressive construction projects of the past century. Seriously excellent photography, some photos during construction, some 2-page spreads, some VERTICAL two-page spreads. Nice!Accepts giant boondoggle government construction projects as an unalloyed good -- that's my gripe with this book. America has way too much of that already. For example, holding up Boston's Big Dig as any sort of human accomplishment, after it came in quintuple the budget and full of corruption -- that's a project that ought not to be emulated or admired.Still... really interesting projects. And this may serve as a gateway to explain to your kids the way giant public works projects always devolve into massive government-sponsored corruption and vote-buying schemes -- cheers!
- Nice book if you are interested in American architecture. A double page on every major construction, very instructive.
- The irony is that, while I love this masterfully written and beautifully illustrated book (and so do my kids), the book itself has fallen apart after just a few weeks of use. The binding is completely shot, pages everywhere and it looks like there was only a hair-thin line of glue holding the spine together.
- The condition of the book more than meet my expectations. Very happy with my purchase. Was just as described.
- It is geared toward younger readers (middle school) and I thought it was for adults. The price was a little high also.
- George Sullivan's Built To Last: Building America's Amazing Bridges, Dams, Tunnels And Skyscrapers is a pick for grades 5-6, telling the story of the design and construction of seventeen selected architectural and engineering marvels. Lovely photos include six vertical, double-page spreads with images of the Sears Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, and more, while descriptions provide details on construction challenges and achievements. Built To Last may not fit into curriculums for assignments, but it surely will attract leisure readers.