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London Bridge in America: The True Story of a Transatlantic Crossing

 
 
Author
Travis Elborough.
Publisher Jonathan Cape  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 5.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780224096256
Pages/Publication Date 277/2013
Daedalus Item Code 51174
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In 1968 the world's largest antique went to America. But how do you transport a 130-year-old bridge across 4300 miles of ocean and sand? Why did oil baron and chainsaw-manufacturing king Robert McCulloch buy it? And why did he ship it to a waterless patch of the Arizonan desert? Was it even the right London Bridge? In his "fascinating mix of social and architectural history, travelogue and pop culture" (Sunday Times, London), the author of The Bus We Loved, The Long Player Goodbye, and Wish You Were Here answers these questions by introducing a Dickensian cast of Fleet Street shysters, frock-coated industrialists, Disneyland designers, Guinness Book of Records officials, the odd Lord Mayor, bridge-building priests, and an Apache Indian or two.

"A style perfectly poised between the flourishes of fiction and simple matters of fact.... On the evidence of London Bridge in America, it would probably be justifiable now to proclaim [Travis] Elborough one of Britain's finest pop cultural historians."Guardian (London)

 
 
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