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"What a wonderful detective story about a kissing sailor and a beautiful nurse--the most famous couple celebrating the end of WWII. Famous but anonymous--until now. I loved it." -- Tom Brokaw, author of The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America and The Greatest Generation
...very special attempt to resolve the true romantic odyssey…Reading more like a well-contrived mystery than a romantic tale, the authors threat their way through minefields of inaccurate information and up blind alleys until finally, miraculously locating the real couple decades later. This is an exciting fun read that finally solves one of WWII's unsolved mysteries, and yes, you will be as surprised with the ending as was this reviewer, who, as a war-time teenager actually witnessed this frantic celebration in Times Square." -- Sea Classics, August 2012
"The authors deliver a convincing conclusion to their romantic detective tale about the last day of WWII and the photo that 'savored what a long-sought peace feels like.' " -- Publishers Weekly
"The authors not only do a great job in following the clues that led to the undisputable claim that Mendonsa and Zimmer are, in fact, the kissing couple, but they also convey the euphoria that swept the country when the war ended." -- WWII History, July 2012
Posted December 20, 2012
In The Kissing Sailor, the authors tell the story of the iconic photo from the World War II era: a sailor kissing a woman in a white uniform on August 14, 1945 – VJ day – in Times Square. Decades later, a woman came forth declaring she was the nurse in the photo and for decades after that, she was thought to be the woman in the photo. When Life magazine asked for the sailor to come forth, many did. At various times, different of the sailor “candidates” was thought to be the man. But the magazine left it to others to figure it out. It was a real circus.
All the hoopla surrounding who the two kissers in the photo REALLY were could have been avoided had Alfred Eisenstaedt, the man who took the photo, followed the most basic procedures required of photojournalists. Getting the “who, what, when, where, why and how” (the five Ws and one H) was part of the job that was drilled into my head as a beginning photojournalism student.
The authors weigh in on the side of the two people they believe were the man and woman in the photo and the evidence they present makes a compelling case for George Mendonsa and Greta Friedman, who are presented as the true photo subjects from the beginning of the book. Although The Kissing Sailor might have been more tightly edited, it presents an interesting tale and a quick read.
Posted October 23, 2012
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