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The Kissing Sailor by Lawrence Verria
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The photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse on the day Japan surrendered and ended World War II is one of the most iconic images of that time, but who are the people in the photo? Over the years, many people have stepped forward, but do their claims really stand up to the evidence? Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi take on the challenge in their book, "The Kissing Sailor." Through piles of evidence, photographs, stories and interviews, Verria and Galdorisi make the case for a Portuguese-American fisherman and an Austrian dental assistant. Although the narrative gets bogged down with evidence from forensic studies, the book is a relatively easy read and the cast of characters is engaging. Have Verria and Galdorisi cracked the case? Perhaps. But no matter what, you'll never look at this photo - or the media - the same way again.

Amy R. / Marathon County Public Library
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