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The final leap : suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge /
John Bateson.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2012.
description
xi, 309 p., [13] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0520272404 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9780520272408 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2012.
isbn
0520272404 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780520272408 (hbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Beauty and death -- Fatal decisions -- Endless ripple -- Opening up -- Surviving the fall -- In lieu of a net -- Movie madness -- The barrier debate.
catalogue key
8350526
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-303) and index.
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Excerpts
Flap Copy
"Extremely well done. It's the single most important contribution to the debate surrounding suicide and the Golden Gate Bridge to date." -Thomas Joiner, author of Lonely at the Top and Why People Die by Suicide "John Bateson takes us on a gripping journey through the lives of everyone who has been affected. He boldly counters myths with facts, eloquently speaks of the unspeakable, and helps us all to care about those who, in an instant, stopped caring about themselves. This book stirs the soul to fight for the day when the protective net is finally cast under the Golden Gate Bridge, when it will become a national monument to both beauty and compassion."--John Draper, Director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Flap Copy
"Extremely well done. It's the single most important contribution to the debate surrounding suicide and the Golden Gate Bridge to date." -Thomas Joiner, Ph.D., author of Lonely at the Top and Why People Die by Suicide "John Bateson takes us on a gripping journey through the lives of everyone who has been affected. He boldly counters myths with facts, eloquently speaks of the unspeakable, and helps us all to care about those who, in an instant, stopped caring about themselves. This book stirs the soul to fight for the day when the protective net is finally cast under the Golden Gate Bridge, when it will become a national monument to both beauty and compassion." -John Draper, Ph.D., director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2012-04-01:
One of modern engineering's most beautiful, and deadly, creations is San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. In this book, Bateson (executive director, Contra Costa Crisis Ctr.; Building Hope: Leadership in the Nonprofit World) advocates urgently for the erection of a suicide-prevention barrier at the world's most popular suicide site, whether it be a sufficiently tall railing, a safety net, or another alternative. Since 1937, some 1500 people have killed themselves by jumping the 220 feet from the bridge into icy, rocky, shark-infested waters. Bateson shares not only the stories of "jumpers" but also the grief of those left behind to mourn them. He also delves into the complex reasons for suicidal behavior. The appendixes pay tribute to the lives lost, listing victims' names and vital statistics. Bateson connects readers to resources such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK), and the bibliography points to an additional wealth of resources, including interviews, studies, articles, books, websites, films, and more. VERDICT Bateson expertly handles the tragedy of suicide against the backdrop of the history and politics surrounding the bridge. This is a deep, dark, poignant, and powerful work.-Brian Smith McCallum, Arlington Heights Memorial Lib., IL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2012-02-27:
Well-researched and thoroughly reported, Bateson examines the history and impact of suicides on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge via interviews and profiles of family members of people who have jumped from the famous structure; mental health, rescue, and suicide experts; Bridge District board members; and a few of the "ultra-select" group of unlikely jump survivors. Too often, however, this otherwise darkly enthralling read feels like a long op-ed in favor of erecting a suicide barrier. Bateson portrays the lack of a barrier as indicative of a belief that suicidal people are making a choice based entirely on free will, and argues forcefully against this and for our culture to become more compassionate. With such an important message, a survivor tells Bateson, "Good luck with your book. I hope a lot of people read it, and that it helps end suicides from the bridge." Hopefully, its narrow focus doesn't diminish its potential readership and cultural influence. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Compelling. . . . The Final Leap is a highly readable book . . . [and] is accessible to a wide range of readers."
"Compelling. . . . The Final Leap is a highly readable book . . . [and] is accessible to a wide range of readers."-- Metapsychology Online Review
"Masterful. . . . It is hard not to be emotionally moved by this relatively slim volume. . . . Gripping, informative, maddening, and saddening."
"Masterful. . . . It is hard not to be emotionally moved by this relatively slim volume. . . . Gripping, informative, maddening, and saddening."-- Psyccritiques
"The appearance of the publication of this sensitive and humane apologia signifies the continuing struggle for maturity and depth in an American civilization capable of creating such a breathtaking path of sculptured steel across the entrance to a bay and a city so evocative of life."
"The appearance of the publication of this sensitive and humane apologia signifies the continuing struggle for maturity and depth in an American civilization capable of creating such a breathtaking path of sculptured steel across the entrance to a bay and a city so evocative of life."-- San Francisco Chronicle
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Publishers Weekly, February 2012
Library Journal, April 2012
San Francisco Chronicle, April 2012
ForeWord Magazine, May 2012
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Summaries
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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 1500 people have died jumping off the bridge. Here, Bateson leads us on a journey that uncovers the reasons for the design decision that led to so many deaths.
Main Description
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. As a result, the deaths continue. 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. No one who reads this book will look at the world's largest Art Deco sculpture--the Golden Gate Bridge--the same way again.
Main Description
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most beautiful and most photographed structures in the world. Its 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. Its 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.
Main Description
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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