The Final Leap

The Final Leap

Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
Examines the Golden Gate bridge suicide phenomenon, citing design decisions as one of the reasons for so many deaths, and the debate over a suicide barrier.

University of California Press
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most beautiful and most photographed structures in the world. It’s also the most deadly. Since it opened in 1937, more than 1,500 people have died jumping off the bridge, making it the top suicide site on earth. It’s also the only international landmark without a suicide barrier. Weaving drama, tragedy, and politics against the backdrop of a world-famous city, The Final Leap is the first book ever written about Golden Gate Bridge suicides. John Bateson leads us on a fascinating journey that uncovers the reasons for the design decision that led to so many deaths, provides insight into the phenomenon of suicide, and examines arguments for and against a suicide barrier. He tells the stories of those who have died, the few who have survived, and those who have been affected—from loving families to the Coast Guard, from the coroner to suicide prevention advocates.

Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780520272408
Characteristics: xi, 309 p., [14] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm


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