London Bridge in America: The Tall Story of a Transatlantic Crossing.

Elborough, Travis.

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It is a quirky and interesting story.He narrates one of the strangest events in Anglo-American relations, in which a multi-millionaire oil baron bought a 130 year-old bridge, transported it (with great difficulty, and at great expense) to a waterless part of the Arizona desert and found he hadn't bought the bridge he thought he'd bought.

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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? 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.

Book Details

Author Elborough, Travis.
Format HC
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Number of Pages 288
Publish Date 7/02/2013
Catalogue Jul19
Catalogue book number 309