The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most beautiful and most photographed structures in the world. It's also the most deadly. More than 1,500 people have died jumping off the bridge, making it far and away the top suicide site on earth. It's also the only international landmark without a suicide barrier. As a result, the deaths continue.
The Final Leap is the first book written about Golden Gate Bridge suicides. From the stories of victims to the history of the bridge, from the suicide barrier controversy to the phenomenon of suicide, from the autopsies of bridge jumpers to the intricacies of bridge engineering, every facet of this mostly hidden, ongoing tragedy is told. Families of victims, two survivors of bridge jumps, the Bridge Patrol, Bridge District, Coast Guard, coroner, mental health professionals, and many others are interviewed. No one who reads this book will look at the world's largest Art Decon sculpture--the Golden Gate bridge--the same way again.