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Golden Gate Bridge Suicides

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most beautiful and most photographed structures in the world. It's also the top suicide site with more than 1,800 confirmed deaths and many others that haven't been confirmed because a body wasn't found. Weaving drama, tragedy, and politics against the backdrop of a world-famous city, this book uncovers the reasons for the design decision that has led to so many deaths, provides insight into the phenomenon of suicide, and examines arguments for and against a suicide barrier. It includes stories of those who have died, the few who have survived, and the many who have been affected. No one who reads it will look at this iconic span the same way again.

Well written and thoroughly researched. Darkly enthralling. Publishers Weekly


A masterful blend of research and case studies. The book is gripping, informative, maddening, and saddening, but it is something that anyone, professional or layperson, with compassion for psychological suffering will benefit from reading.  American Psychological Association


A carefully woven tapestry enabling readers to understand all facets of the Golden Gate Bridge story, a structure of unparalleled beauty, but one that holds the unsavory distinction of being not only the nation's but the world's leading suicide site. Highly recommended. American Association of Suicidology


Bateson's work is a combination of manifesto and memorial, providing both a tribute to those who've jumped and a starting point for those who want to prevent more suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge. ForeWord


© 2023 John Bateson

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