Absolutely Not New York

Finding a Home for the United Nations

46 pages

4 b/w photographs

September, 2014

ISBN: 9781479876686



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Part of the New York Voices series


Charlene Mires is Professor of History at Rutgers University-Camden. She is the author of Independence Hall in American Memory and a co-recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in journalism. 

All books by Charlene Mires

From 1944 to 1946, as the world pivoted from the Second World War to an unsteady peace, the newly-created United Nations needed a meeting place, a central place for global diplomacy. But what would it look like, and where would it be? At times it seemed the world’s diplomats could agree on only one thing: under no circumstances did they want the United Nations to be based in New York. And for its part, New York worked mightily just to stay in the race it would eventually win. In vivid detail, Charlene Mires traces New York’s long and often complicated journey to host the United Nations.


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