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Over Here!: New York City During World War II

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A book by Lorraine B. Diehl

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Author: Lorraine B. Diehl
Genre: History
Publisher: Smithsonian
1 review about Over Here!: New York City During World War...

The Big Apple at war

  • Jun 1, 2010
This is a fascinating book that has a tremendous number of photos that adds greatly to the reader's enjoyment of it. The writing is sprightly, but the book conveys the sense of fear and peril that many New Yorkers felt, at least at the beginning of the war. This fear was fueled by the hystrionics of Mayor LaGuardia, who constantly spoke about almost imminent attack on the city. In his defense, however, he did ensure that the city's civil defense areas were up to date and ready for anything.

There are many different stories in this book, quite a few in the words of the folks who lived through those times. I really enjoyed reading about some of the things that happened and some of the famous (and not so famous) people who were involved in the city during the war years. The photos really helped to put me "in the picture" (so to speak), as they are often the best way to represent what went on, rather than just words on a page.

This book told me many things I had not known before about folks at home during the war, and although the big city life was vastly different from that in small towns, the fear and determination to succeed and win the war was universal. Read the book; I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

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