VICTORY CITY: A History of New York and New Yorkers during World War II

With Author John Strausbaugh.



The lecture starts at 6:30 P.M.  – Q&A, BOOK-SIGNING & RECEPTION TO FOLLOW.

 Award-winning New York historian John Strausbaugh returns to tell the story of New York City’s war years in Victory City: A History of New York and New Yorkers during World War II. During his presentation Mr. Strausbaugh will provide a groundbreaking new look into New York City during the most transformative and costliest war in human history.

“New York City during World War II wasn’t just a place of servicemen, politicians, heroes, G.I. Joes and Rosie the Riveters, but also of quislings and saboteurs; of Nazi, Fascist, and Communist sympathizers; of war protesters and conscientious objectors; of gangsters and hookers and profiteers; of latchkey kids and bobby-soxers, poets and painters, atomic scientists and atomic spies”.

“While the war launched and leveled nations, spurred economic growth, and saw the rise and fall of global Fascism, New York City would eventually emerge as the new capital of the world. From the Gilded Age to VJ-Day, an array of fascinating New Yorkers rose to fame, from Mayor Fiorello La Guardia to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Langston Hughes to Joe Louis, to Robert Moses and Joe DiMaggio and countless others.”

John Strausbaugh has been writing about the culture and history of New York City for 30 years. City of Sedition, his singular history of New York City’s role in and during the Civil War, won the Fletcher Pratt Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of 2016; The Village, his epic history of Greenwich Village, has been widely praised and was selected as one of Kirkus Review‘s best books of the year (2013).

 The lecture starts at 6:30 P.M.  – Q&A, BOOK-SIGNING & RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

20 WEST 44thStreet  (BETWEEN 5THAND 6thAVENUES), New York City

Free Admission.   Advance registration is necessary.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.