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Helluva Town: The Story of New York City During World War II

by Richard Goldstein

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An enjoyable read about the history of NYC during the Second World War. Goldstein does attempt a very broad sweep which encompasses military history, city history and political history. His primary focus is the military and perhaps too much time on the "feelgood" parts of this tumultuous period and not as much on those who were against the war or lived through very difficult times during these years, though he does do justice to the 1943 Harlem Riot.

When one finishes the book, one feels as though there is so much more that could have been said on the topic and that there is perhaps another book contained within entitled "The History of the Armed Forces in NYC During World War II".

Nonetheless, there are many entertaining anecdotes and memories recounted by those who lived through them and it is certainly worth a read for anyone who loves the city. ( )
  twp77 | Jan 28, 2012 |
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