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London Bridge in America By Travis Elborough

London Bridge in America
by Travis Elborough

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In 1968 the world's largest antique went to America. But how do you transport a 130-year-old bridge 3,000 miles? And why did Robert P McCulloch, a multimillionaire oil baron and chainsaw-manufacturing king, buy it? Why did he ship it to a waterless patch of the Arizonan desert? Did he even get the right bridge?
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London Bridge in America: The Tall Story of a Transatlantic Crossing by Travis Elborough

In 1968 the world's largest antique went to America. But how do you transport a 130-year-old bridge 3,000 miles? And why did Robert P. McCulloch, a multimillionaire oil baron and chainsaw-manufacturing king, buy it? Why did he ship it to a waterless patch of the Arizonan desert? Did he even get the right bridge? To answer these questions, it's necessary to meet a peculiar cast. Fleet Street shysters * Revolutionary Radicals * Frock-coated industrialists * Disneyland designers * Thames dockers * Guinness Book of Records officials * The odd Lord Mayor * Bridge-building priests * Gun-toting U.S. sheriffs * An Apache Indian or two And a fraudster whose greatest trick was to convince the world he ever existed Roll up, then, for the story of one of the strangest events in Anglo-American relations. Curious, clever and sharp, this is history to delight in.

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London Bridge in America Reviews


"As much a social history as the story of the bridge, this entertaining book is packed with facts but its light, sprightly tone makes bricks and mortar a source of human interest." -- Sally Morris * Daily Mail *
"[Elborough] is a charming, wry companion, who wears his considerable learning lightly." -- Ian Sansom * Guardian *
"Wonderfully detailed... A fitting testament to the folly and wonder of human endeavour." -- Claire Looby * Irish Times *
"Elborough's book is a fascinating mix of social and architectural history, travelogue and pop culture, but it is his ability to bring to life the disparate and often eccentric characters involved in the story that stands out." -- Ian Critchley * Sunday Times *
"An entertaining cultural historian of the Bill Bryson school...very interesting, and crammed with historical trivia." -- Helen Brown * Daily Telegraph *

About Travis Elborough


Travis Elborough is the author of four acclaimed books, The Bus We Loved, a history of the Routemaster bus; The Long Player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl records; Wish You Were Here, a history of the British beside the seaside; and London Bridge in America, which tells the transatlantic story of the sale of the world's largest antique. Travis regularly appears on Radio 4 and writes for the Guardian.

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GOR010177679
London Bridge in America: The Tall Story of a Transatlantic Crossing by Travis Elborough
Travis Elborough
Used - Well Read
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2014-02-06
288
0099565765
9780099565765
N/A
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