Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Kissing Sailor

The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery behind the Photo That Ended World War II
By Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi
Naval Institute Press

On August 14, 1945, Alfred Eisenstaedt took a picture of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, minutes after they had learned of Japan’s surrender to the United States. LIFE magazine published that photograph two weeks later. From then onward everyone who saw the picture knew what it felt like when World War II ended. They wanted to know more. However, Eisenstaedt spoke neither to the nurse or the sailor, and recorded no notes of the occurrence. Mystery surrounded Time Square’s most cherished moment.

In the coming years, Eisenstaedt’s photo grew in fame and popularity. In 1979 Eisenstaedt thought he discovered the long lost nurse in his V-J Day photograph. He did not. But, for the next thirty years almost everyone assumed Edith Shain was the woman that the assertive World War II sailor kissed. In 1980 LIFE attempted to determine the sailor’s identity. The campaign confused matters more than they clarified them. Soon afterward LIFE stepped aside from the wave they helped put into motion. They decided the sailor would remain anonymous. The void presented an irresistible opportunity for former World War II sailors to explain their way into the famous image. Many aging warriors made persuasive arguments to support their claims.

While LIFE took a backseat to the growing controversy, experts weighed in to support one candidate over another. The authorities’ opinions differed. Their forwarded proof and testimony became entangled. Claimant kissing sailor’s declarations turned combative.  Some readers supported Carl Muscarello. Others thought Ken McNeel was the kissing sailor. Many believed Glenn McDuffie to be the kissing sailor. But most who read about the competing claims didn’t know what to think. Chaos ensued. The real kissing sailor aged. A national treasure’s story went untold.

Until now, no one knew the whole truth behind one of the world’s most celebrated pictures. The Kissing Sailor tells the story of a photograph, a place, a publication, pretenders, and proof. When overlaid, an ageless tale of survival, fate, and perseverance comes into clear focus. The view is most befitting of Alfred Eisenstaedt’s beloved imag.

First glimpse of All Told

In what may be the last photo taken of LeRoy Neiman, who died last Wednesday, the 91-year-old artist here holds the first printed copy of his memoir, All Told: My Art and Life Among Athletes, Playboys, Bunnies, and Provocateurs (Lyons Press), just after he opened the package from the printer. Agent Steve Ross commented: "He worked for over a decade on that manuscript before he hired me to help corral it, give that wild rapscallion's story structure and discipline. It is a wonderful book and the suitable literary legacy he'd hoped it would be--but it took a village to make it happen in time for him to see it."

Friday, June 15, 2012

Lonely Planet’s Not For Parents Series Wins Coveted Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) Seal of Approval

Lonely Planet is thrilled to announce that five books in their Not For Parents series have been awarded the PTPA Winner’s Seal of Approval. Lonely Planet’s Not For Parents series is the company’s first series of books for children. For almost 40 years, Lonely Planet has encouraged travelers to go out and explore their world. Now they are inspiring a whole new generation of adventurers with Not For Parents. Written with perfect pitch for young readers, the series is designed for curious for kids eager for a glimpse of the world without leaving home.

For almost 40 years, Lonely Planet has encouraged travelers to go out and explore their world. Now they are inspiring a whole new generation of adventurers with Not For Parents.

Not For Parents London, Not For Parents New York City, Not For Parents Paris, and Not For Parents Rome are highly graphic paperbacks that combine intriguing stories and spooky histories of each city with full-color photos, quirky drawings, and great cartoons. The Not For Parents Travel Book is an exciting journey through every country in the world. This oversized hardcover offers over 200 pages bursting with fascinating trivia and stats, including epic events, wild ‘n wacky critters, and hideous histories, all presented with original illustrations, colorful photos and custom graphics.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Monster Calls has TWO big wins!

A MONSTER CALLS has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Greenaway Medal in the UK – that is like a book winning BOTH the Newbery and the Caldecott. This is the first time in history that one book has won both medals. And Patrick Ness is the only the 2nd author in history to win the Carnegie two years in a row. Wonderful news!   

Candlewick Press