Media

January 14, 2014

SFGate (John King):  “If New York power-brokers hadn’t pulled strings, we might not be debating the merits of George Lucas’ edifice complex at the Presidio — because San Francisco’s former Army post would be home to the United Nations instead. That’s the surprising local angle to 2013′s “Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations,” by Charlene Mires (New York University Press, 2013, $29.95). You can guess the subject of this thoroughly entertaining book by the title, but what I didn’t know until reading it over the holidays is that we were in the race until the final week. …” Read more

November 19, 2013

New Jersey State Library: How the U.N. Came to New York City. Read more

October 25, 2013

Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Educators Blog): A UN Day History Lesson about Philadelphia. Read more

September 23, 2013

Slate (Joshua Keating): Why is the UN in New York, anyway? Read more

September 22, 2013

Boston Globe: The United Nations today seems inseparable from its New York City headquarters, the sleek, international-style complex wedged between the East River and the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. Could we even imagine the world’s diplomats meeting in a secluded spot like the Black Hills of South Dakota, Sault Ste. Marie in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, or Tuskahoma, Oklahoma? Would the work of peace be more or less effective in another city? What about San Francisco, St. Louis, Chicago—or even Boston? Read more

July 19, 2013

PassBlue: Covering the UN (Lucia Mouat): “Who knew there was once such hot competition to host the United Nations? Not even the author of a book on the topic, when she first started out. One day in her home city of Philadelphia, Charlene Mires, an associate professor of history at Rutgers University, was going through some old newspaper clippings. …” Read more

WAMC Northeast Public Radio (Albany, N.Y.): Featured on The Roundtable Program, interview by Joe Donahue.

July 11, 2013

Zócalo Public Square: In today’s San Francisco, there are traces of the dream that gripped the city in the spring of 1945, when diplomats from around the world gathered to draft a charter for the United Nations, the organization envisioned for preserving peace in the wake of two world wars. … Read more

July 4, 2013

Niagara Gazette (Don Glynn): “It seems that from time immemorial Niagara Falls has been eyed for mind-bogging developments. … But the biggest grandiose scheme in local annals was the proposal to provide a permanent home for the fledgling United Nations that had been chartered at San Francisco in June 1945.” Read more … [See site plan on related blog post.]

May 22, 2013

♦ Featured on Campaign for the Texas Reader.

May 21, 2013

♦ Featured on The Page 99 Test blog: “This page truly taps into the heart of the book, because it deals with the stories of two competitors that seem very unlikely—Tuskahoma and Claremore, Oklahoma.” Read more

May 20, 2013

♦ Featured in Author Magazine, Pacific Northwest Writers Association.

May 16, 2013

♦ Featured on Chicago History Museum blog.

May 5-6, 2013

♦ Featured on HEPPAS Books and Campaign for the California Reader.

May 2, 2013

KMOX Newsradio, St. Louis: Interviewed on the Charlie Brennan Show.

April 14, 2013

C-SPAN Book TV: Book discussion on Capital of the World, recorded April 3, 2013 at the Philadelphia History Museum. Watch the video.

April 7, 2013

WXYZ (Detroit): The United Nations Headquarters Placed on Detroit’s Belle Isle? It Could Have Happened. Read more

April 6, 2013

♦ The Atlantic Cities: Best #CityReads of the Week, posting of essay from Foreign Policy on Detroit’s world capital bid.

April 3, 2013

Historical Society of Pennsylvania/Philadelphia History Museum: Audio of public program, “Philadelphia’s Race to Host the United Nations.”

March 31, 2013

♦ Philadelphia Inquirer: Memory Stream feature from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Read more

March 22, 2013

♦ Wall Street Journal: “On Dec. 6, 1946, 16 months after the final days of World War II, New York real-estate developer William Zeckendorf turned to his wife at the breakfast table and declared: ‘I’m going to put those bastards on the platform.’ When she reasonably asked, ‘What platform?’ and, ‘Which bastards?’ he replied: ‘The U.N.—I’m going to put them on the platform over the slaughterhouses.’ …” Read more

March 17, 2013

♦ Atlantic City Press: “If officials in the 1940s in Brigantine or Cape May had their way, people would have had to travel to one of their communities to visit the United Nations instead of New York City.” … Read more

March 13, 2013

♦ KERA, Dallas, Texas: Author interview, “Think” program with host Krys Boyd. Podcast.

March 10, 2013

♦ New York Times (Sam Roberts): “New Yorkers, typically blasé, have long since stopped marveling at the United Nations and its legions of diplomats. But the city’s selection as the site of the world body’s headquarters sealed its reputation as the global capital.” Read more (second item)…

February 28, 2013

♦ Philadelphia Tribune: From 1944 to 1946, as the world pivoted from World War II to an unsteady peace, Americans in more than 200 cities and towns mobilized to chase an implausible dream. Read more

February 21, 2013

♦ Rutgers-Camden:  CAMDEN — Everyone knows New York City as the unofficial center of the universe, but what if the true capital of the world was right here in New Jersey? A Rutgers–Camden history professor says this was the dream of many towns in the Garden State at the end of World War II.  Read more

February 13, 2013

PRI’s The World: Reporter Alex Gallafent weaves the music of the era together with the story of the race to host the United Nations.  (“Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better…”)

November 30, 2012

Charlene Mires talks about the fascinating story of the race to host the United Nations on the NYU Press YouTube channel. View the series of clips below!