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, nearly 1,600 people have died jumping off the bridge, making it far and away the top suicide site on earth. It's also the only major 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. It 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—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.