Over Here! New York City During World War II
by Lorraine B. Diehl
Over Here!, the latest chronicle of the history of New York City by Lorraine B. Diehl—lifetime resident of the Big Apple and author of The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station and Subways—relates the true story of New York City during World War II. From the Brooklyn Naval Yard to Times Square nightclubs, from children’s Mickey Mouse gas-masks to victory gardens in Rockefeller Center, Over Here! is a nostalgic portrait of the Greatest Generation and the Empire City. Including anecdotes from famous New Yorkers and visitors such as Angela Lansbury, Walter Cronkite, and Barbara Walters, and richly illustrated with more than 80 period photographs, Over Here! is an inspiring tribute to New York City during the Great War.
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
“I lived in New York City then. It was a scary time, unforgettable really, and Over Here! brought it all back to me. Nobody complained. Everybody joined together and New York and its people got through it. In case you missed it, Lorraine B. Diehl tells you all about it. What a great book!” — Regis Philbin
"The City, From Wartime Grit to Modern Soullessness" -- Sam Roberts, NY Times, January 29, 2010