Synopses & Reviews
A wonderfully nostalgic and inspiring look at the center of the home front during World War II—New York City
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.
“I loved this book and all the great memories it captured.” Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation
“Lorraine Diehl has done it again. This is an evocative look at New York City during the Second World War; it is an enthusiastic, personal, immensely entertaining book, and a story about a city joining together to overcome the greatest challenge of the 20th Century. Brava!” Ken Burns
Praise for THE LATE, GREAT PENNSYLVANIA STATION:“Diehl has now brought the station vividly back to life with a highly readable and beautifully illustrated tribute.” Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
“An effective protest against hasty and indiscriminate demolition.” Atlantic Monthly
“Meticulously details the ignominy and economic folly that attended the destruction of one of New Yorks most impressive public places.” New York Times
Praise for SUBWAYS:“A breezy historical overview, taking us back to the pre-subway days when the streets of New York were almost impassable . . . through the heroic days of underground tunnel construction and the nickel fare, we come to see why. . . the subway was the great emancipator. New York Times Book Review
Diehl tells the story rich in detail, with intelligence and infectiousthough never blindenthusiasm.” Christian Science Monitor
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.