The Kissing Sailor, from Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

As you can see from the coverage of The Kissing Sailor in Toronto, Canada’s flagship newspaper, The Globe and Mail, sixty-five years after this picture was taken, it is not hyperbole to say that interest in this picture, this event, this moment, has not flagged, it has only intensified.

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Lawrence Verria, Mr. George Mendonsa, and Ms. Greta Friedman on CBS This Morning Saturday Aug. 11th

CBS This morning saturday

Annapolis, MD—Lawrence Verria, co-author of The Kissing Sailor:  The Mystery Behind the Photo That Ended World War II, along with the “Kissing Sailor” himself—Mr. George Mendonsa and the “nurse”—Ms. Greta Friedman, will be featured on CBS “This Morning Saturday” this Saturday (11 August) during the 8 to 9:00am segment.  CBS brought Mendonsa and Freidman together to meet in Times Square for the first time in 67 years since that fateful kiss took place there on 14 August 1945.  George Mendonsa’s wife, Rita—also featured in that famous photo—was interviewed as well.  This should be a wonderful segment on one of the most iconic photos of all time!

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Galveston, Texas Daily News Talks about The Kissing Sailor

The Galveston Daily News

As the Galveston, Texas Daily News aptly points out, The Kissing Sailor is a major historical work that has clarified one of the most enduring mysteries in Western culture.  But it is vastly more than that, it is an engaging story that reads like a mystery novel.

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Providence Journal Reviews, The Kissing Sailor

Providence Journal

It is the most iconic photograph in American History – perhaps in all history. Why? Because when people look at this picture V-J Day 1945, In Times Square they understand what it felt like when World War II ended. But until now, we knew very little about V-J Day, 1945, In Times Square.

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“Kiss and Tell” Military Times Reviews The Kissing Sailor

Military Times

Military Times issues dated 23 July 2012 —

“The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo That Ended Word War II” by Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi, Naval Institute Press, 224 pages including photographs, $23.95

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Act of Valor gains international recognition – Al Jeezera talks about the movie:


So…I guess if Al Jeezera is talking about Act of Valor, we’ve hit a nerve with the bad guys…clearly the movie – and by extension the book Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor – have shaken up those who, let’s just say, don’t have the interests of the United States at heart.  The video traces some of the other media interactions with the U.S. military in years past. Watch the video below…

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Midwest Book Review for The Kissing Sailor


Associated with the final victory of World War II, one must wonder about the personal story of one famous photograph. “The Kissing Sailor” delves into the historic photo of a sailor passionately kissing a nurse as Times Square received the news that Japan had surrendered and World War II was officially over.

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Parade Magazine Feature “The Kissing Sailor”

Parade Magazine

On Aug. 14, 1945, moments after Japan’s surrender in WWII, a legendary Life photo was taken of a sailor smooching a nurse in Times Square. Their ID has been speculated about for 67 years, but a new book, The Kissing Sailor, claims to have solved the mystery.

“Whom You know” Recommends The Kissing Sailor

The Kissing Sailor

Article from “Whom You know – The Best of Manhattan and Excellence Everywhere.” Posted July 2, 2012

At Whom You Know, we are obsessed with books (count well over 400 reviews…) and clearly, we couldn’t be prouder to be American, and are dedicated to finding excellent American products. So, you can just imagine Peachy Deegan’s extreme enthusiasm when met with the opportunity to work with the U.S. Naval Institute/Naval Institute Press to review The Kissing Sailor! Printed in the USA, The Kissing Sailor is a tale that deserves to be told and one that you should read. Everyone knows the picture, but few know the story behind it, and it’s time the truth finally was disclosed.

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‘Kissing Sailor’ a good frame of history

The Daily News

Published June 24, 2012 – by The Galveston Daily News:

“The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo That Ended World War II,” by Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi, Naval Institute Press, 2012, 224 pages, $23.95

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