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Over Here!: New York City During World War IIby Lorraine B Diehl
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More than any other place, New York was the center of action on the home front during World War II. As Hitler came to power in Germany, American Nazis goose-stepped in Yorkville on the Upper East Side, while recently arrived Jewish émigrés found refuge on the Upper West Side. When America joined the fight, enlisted men heading for battle in Europe or the Pacific streamed through Grand Central Terminal and Pennsylvania Station. The Brooklyn Navy Yard refitted ships, and Times Square overflowed with soldiers and sailors enjoying some much-needed R & R. German U-boats attacked convoys leaving New York Harbor. Silhouetted against the gleaming skyline, ships were easy prey—debris and even bodies washed up on Long Island beaches—until the city rallied under a stringently imposed dim-out.
From Rockefeller Center's Victory Gardens and Manhattan's swanky nightclubs to metal-scrap drives and carless streets, Over Here! captures the excitement, trepidation, and bustle of this legendary city during wartime. Filled with the reminiscences of ordinary and famous New Yorkers, including Walter Cronkite, Barbara Walters, and Angela Lansbury, and rich in surprising detail—from Macy's blackout boutique to Mickey Mouse gas masks for kids—this engaging look back is an illuminating tour of New York on the front lines of the home front.
Book News Annotation:
A resident and prolific writer about The Big Apple, Diehl explores how the war impacted people's lives, arranging text, photographs, posters, and other material chronologically in section on the eve of the war, the war comes to New York City, and people rolling up their sleeves. Among more specific perspectives are Nazi among us, the lull before the storm, U-boats at the shore, saboteurs land in the Hamptons, rationing for victory, riveting Rosies, entertaining the troops, and the end of the war. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Born and raised in New York City, Lorraine B. Diehl is the author of The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station; Subways: The Tracks That Built New York City; and The Automat: The History, Recipes, and Allure of Horn & Hardart's Masterpiece. She has contributed to New York magazine, the New York Times, Travel & Leisure, American Heritage, and the New York Daily News, where her weekly feature, "Secret City," appeared. She lives in New York with her husband, Bill, an entertainment correspondent for ABC News Radio.
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