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The kissing sailor : the mystery behind the photo that ended World War II, by Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi

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The kissing sailor : the mystery behind the photo that ended World War II
Title
The kissing sailor
Title remainder
the mystery behind the photo that ended World War II
Statement of responsibility
by Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi
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Language
eng
Summary
"On August 14, 1945, Alfred Eisenstaedt took a picture of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, minutes after they heard of Japan's surrender to the United States. Two weeks later LIFE magazine published that image. It became one of the most famous WWII photographs in history (and the most celebrated photograph ever published in the world's dominant photo-journal), a cherished reminder of what it felt like for the war to finally be over. Everyone who saw the picture wanted to know more about the nurse and sailor, but Eisenstaedt had no information and a search for the mysterious couple's identity took on a dimension of its own. In 1979 Eisenstaedt thought he had found the long lost nurse. And as far as almost everyone could determine, he had. For the next thirty years Edith Shain was known as the woman in the photo of V-J Day, 1945, Times Square. In 1980 LIFE attempted to determine the sailor's identity . Many aging warriors stepped forward with claims, and experts weighed in to support one candidate over another. Chaos ensued. For almost two decades Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi were intrigued by the controversy surrounding the identity of the two principals in Eisenstaedt's most famous photograph and collected evidence that began to shed light on this mystery. Unraveling years of misinformation and controversy, their findings propelled one claimant's case far ahead of the others and, at the same time, dethroned the supposed kissed nurse when another candidate's claim proved more credible. With this book, the authors solve the 67-year-old mystery by providing irrefutable proof to identify the couple in Eisenstaedt's photo. It is the first time the whole truth behind the celebrated picture has been revealed. The authors also bring to light the couple's and the photographer's brushes with death that nearly prevented their famous spontaneous Times Square meeting in the first place. The sailor, part of Bull Halsey's famous task force, survived the deadly typhoon that took the lives of hundreds of other sailors. The nurse, an Austrian Jew who lost her mother and father in the Holocaust, barely managed to escape to the United States. Eisenstaedt, a World War I German soldier, was nearly killed at Flanders."--Publisher's web site
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Verria, Lawrence
Illustrations
photographs
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1948-
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  • Verria, Lawrence
  • Galdorisi, George
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  • Mendonsa, George
  • Friedman, Greta
  • Eisenstaedt, Alfred
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • V-J Day, 1945
  • Sailors
  • Nurses
  • Photographs
  • Sailors
  • Times Square (New York, N.Y.)
Label
The kissing sailor : the mystery behind the photo that ended World War II, by Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 250-258) and index
Contents
Practically picture-perfect. The photo ; The place where people meet ; The publication -- The true story of the kiss. The duck from Portuguee Island ; The saved ; The model ; The father of photojournalism ; Morning, V-J Day, 1945 ; She looked like a nurse ; The last day of leave ; In search of the picture ; The kiss ; Pictures from V-J Day -- The after LIFE. No one seemed to notice ; Eisenstaedt names the nurse ; LIFE's invitation ; I'm the real kissing sailor ; For dissemination of news -- The case for George and Greta. The forensics ; You want to believe them all ; More plot than proof ; Considerations ; A mountain of evidence ; Indisputable? : the case for Greta -- What happened to the truth? The carnival ; The circus ; The current ; A Leica's notes
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xx, 267 p.
Isbn
9781612510781
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012007542
Other physical details
photographs
System control number
  • (OCoLC)757469507
  • (OCoLC)ocn757469507
  • 531984
Label
The kissing sailor : the mystery behind the photo that ended World War II, by Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 250-258) and index
Contents
Practically picture-perfect. The photo ; The place where people meet ; The publication -- The true story of the kiss. The duck from Portuguee Island ; The saved ; The model ; The father of photojournalism ; Morning, V-J Day, 1945 ; She looked like a nurse ; The last day of leave ; In search of the picture ; The kiss ; Pictures from V-J Day -- The after LIFE. No one seemed to notice ; Eisenstaedt names the nurse ; LIFE's invitation ; I'm the real kissing sailor ; For dissemination of news -- The case for George and Greta. The forensics ; You want to believe them all ; More plot than proof ; Considerations ; A mountain of evidence ; Indisputable? : the case for Greta -- What happened to the truth? The carnival ; The circus ; The current ; A Leica's notes
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xx, 267 p.
Isbn
9781612510781
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012007542
Other physical details
photographs
System control number
  • (OCoLC)757469507
  • (OCoLC)ocn757469507
  • 531984

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