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Construction: Building the Impossible
Nathan Aaseng ©2000

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  • 144 pages
  • More than 80 black-and-white photos and drawings
  • Reinforced library binding
  • 7" x 9"
  • List of tallest buildings and longest bridges
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Grades 5 and up
  • ISBN: 978-1-881508-59-5
  • $21.95







“Aaseng gives eight innovative builders their due and provides historical context for their awesome creations. The wealth of information is well organized and balances personal backgrounds with the obstacles, breakthroughs, and impact of each project—then and now—on people, places, and engineering technology. The prose is clear and engaging. . . . Sidebars feature related anecdotes, fun facts, and word definitions. Historical photos, drawings, and diagrams are fascinating and well chosen.”

Includes Imhotep (Step Pyramid), Marc Brunel (Thames Tunnel), John and Washington Roebling (Brooklyn Bridge), Alexandre Eiffel (Eiffel Tower), George W. Goethals (Panama Canal), Frank Crowe (Hoover Dam), and William Lamb (Empire State Building).