The Mystery Behind the Photo That Ended World War II

The Kissing Sailor

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What everyone is saying about The Kissing Sailor:

"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."
"A mystery solved and an emotional journey, a trip back in time to a few moments of joy and exultation in America."

"The Kissing Sailor tells a story that is unique in the annals of American history, about a picture that defines American history."

-Shipmate (The Naval Academy Alumni Magazine)

"In 'The Kissing Sailor,' Verria and Galdorisi capture that moment almost as perfectly as Eisenstaedt's photo."

-Galveston County Daliy News

"Since Aug. 14, 1945, the identities of the smooching sailor and the nurse in Alfred Eisenstaedt's Times Square V-J Day photograph have never been determined--until the publication, last week, of the book 'The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo that Ended World War II'."

-The New York Post

"It is a fascinating story not just for the detective work, but for the stories behind the subjects."

-The Providence Journal

"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."

-World War II History Magazine


"In 'The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo that Ended World War II' (Naval Institute), Rhode Island history teacher Lawrence Verria and retired Navy captain George Galdorisi make a compelling case for the identity of the couple."

-The Boston Globe

"'The Kissing Sailor' is a tale that deserves to be told and one that you should read."

-Whom You Know

"The two participants in the world's most famous kiss didn't even know each other, nor was their photograph staged. A new book, "The Kissing Sailor," tells how it came about and was captured for posterity."

-Naval History

"A new book called "The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo That Ended World War II" identigies the couple as George Mendonsa and Greta Friedman."

-Maryland Morning

"It's one of the most famous pictures of the 20th century: the shot of an American sailor planting a kiss on a young lady in Times Square after it was announced World War 2 had ended. Now, years later, we're finally learning the true identity of those involved in the kiss seen around the world."

-Fox News 25, Boston

"The readers lined up in the store so Mendosa could sign a copy of "The Kissing Sailor: The Myster Behind the Photo that Ended World War II," written by Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi."

-The Newport Daily News

"Reading more like a well-contrived mystery than a romantic tale, the authors thread 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 surprised with the ending as was this reviewer, who, as a war-time teenager actually witnessed this frantic celebration in Times Square."

-Sea Classics

"This book makes it clear that George Mendonsa kissed Greta Friedman on that fateful day."

-The Sligo Champion (Sligo, Ireland)

"After years of false leads, a new book, "The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo that Ended World War II," unravels years of misinformation to identify the kissers as Greta Friedman and George Mendonsa."

-Frederick News Post

"A new book gives the real story behind an iconic World War II photograph of a homecoming kiss."

-ABC News, Maryland

"A convincing conclusion to their romantic detective tale about the last day of World War II."

-Publisher's Weekly