WWII & NYC will appeal to those interested in the history of World War II as well as the history of New York City.
Published in conjunction with the groundbreaking exhibition WWII & NYC at the New-York Historical Society, this fascinating book captures the little-told but epic story of New York in the years 1939 - 1945, and the war's impact on the metropolis.
This captivating story unfolds in four different sections. The first covers the years 1933-41 and recreates the noisy contest of opinions in New York over whether the U. S. should involve itself in the war, and introduces the scientists at Columbia University who conducted top-secret research to develop the atom bomb. 1942-45 saw a city mobilizing for war, as industries converted to wartime production and huge terminals surrounding the port shipped men and supplies to Europe. The reader then follows New Yorkers to war with stories of individuals who served. The concluding section captures scenes of war's end with the surrender of Germany and Japan.
Fully illustrated and cleverly designed, this captivating book will be a must read for all those interested in New York City as well as the history of World War II.
The New-York Historical Society celebrates the golden age of comedy with So Ready for Laughter: Bob Hope and World War II, on view through September 5, 2021. The special exhibition highlights the legendary performer and his unique role during World War II entertaining troops overseas and it features artifacts, films, and rare photographs to illustrate how Hope helped lift spirits both abroad and on the home front with his USO and radio shows during a dark time in American history.