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Victory City
A History of New York and New Yorkers During World War II
John Strausbaugh
Read by
Robert Petkoff

Hachette Audio
December 4, 2018 /
Nonfiction/History/ Audiobook – Unabridged / 19 hours and 27 minutes

Reviewed by  Nicole Merritt

This is a great book, and a long story. Be sure to reserve plenty of time to listen, because you will want to come back to it again and again. It is addicting. If you are interested in the history of New York, this audiobook is a goldmine of information. Strausbaugh takes history to another level. If you thought you knew everything about the history of the U.S., you haven’t read this book. John Strausbaugh makes history interesting and informative with this unique delve into the original movers, shakers, and builders of New York. The narration is superb and is a definite plus to the presentation. While you have heard of La Guardia International Airport, learning of the man himself is an interesting story. He presents an intriguing picture of the life, times, and hard work of the New York immigrants and how they formed the city into what it is today.

Fascism was at an all-time high in New York during WWII with so many German immigrants. Future entertainers like Bernie Schwarz (Tony Cutris) and famous song writers and musicians from Tin Pan Alley present the all-American story. FDR and the New Deal formulate the underpinning of New York’s economic wealth, enough to run the entire country. So much was happening.

Petkoff’s narration is right on. He is articulate and focused. He lends much to the interest of the material presented in the audio. This book has all the elements of a perfect marriage between historical biography and tall tale, just enough to make it a top-notch intrigue as well. Listen and learn; it is a fun and formative story.

Reviewed 2019