The Final Leap

Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge

John Bateson

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Pädagogik

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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.

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california history, suicide counseling, tragic stories, american mysteries, famous bridges, psychology of suicide, california travel guide, suicide and mental illness, california mysteries, human stories, mental health in america, pacific us travel, san francisco history, bridges and suicide, mental health nonfiction, psychology and sociology, american tragedy, suicide prevention, mental health and suicide, american bridges, crime and mystery, crisis prevention, psychology and mental health, death and dying