The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-year Fight to Exonerate An Innocent Man

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"Based on years of original research and new reporting, two acclaimed authors deliver the riveting and emotionally wrenching full story of the worst sea disaster in United States naval history: the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II--andthe fifty-year fight to exonerate the captain after a wrongful court martial."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, [2018]
ISBN: 9781501135941
Branch Call Number: 940.5426 VI
Characteristics: pages cm
Additional Contributors: Vladic, Sara - Author


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ArapahoeKristy Nov 30, 2019

This is a very informative and interesting read about the Indianapolis, her final mission and her crew. At times tough to read, it educated me about a small part of WWII history that I had not previously known. Highly recommended.

Sep 22, 2019

A gruesome and amazing story of disaster and survival, this is by far the best of several Indianapolis histories. This specific book presents the terrible madness and inhumanity of exposure with sad clarity. There is an especially simple and graphic discussion of an execution team put together to kill those afflicted by madness who were dangerous to the other survivors. These few paragraphs alone make this book worth reading. If you already know the Indianapolis story then this is a good addition to the knowledge base. If you are not yet up on this critical bit of history then this easy-to-read/well-written book is the right place to start.

Aug 15, 2019

You might pick it up for the shark attacks, but read it for the gripping details of the ship and her crew: Iwo Jima, Okinawa, transporting the uranium for Little Boy to Tinian, the Japanese emperor, upper-echelon Naval politics, a court martial, a 14-year-old activist, Paul Allen's deep-sea search, and, yes, nearly 900 men fighting for survival in shark-infested waters for five nights before being sheer accident. Great research, great writing, great people - history doesn't get any better than this.

Jan 30, 2019

Can't recommend this book enough. Read the other book on the Indy--published around 2000 and was appalled at what seemed obviously the Navy's mishandling of the situation. Good to see that Capt. McVay was vindicated, even if only posthumously. Having recently attended the reunion of my dad's army unit from Korea and met these men who served on the frontlines with my dad, I am even more in awe. The character needed to endure this type of sacrifice is something I find hard to fathom. I can never say "Thank you for your service" enough times to enough vets.

Oct 20, 2018

Outstanding account of the sinking of the Indianapolis - highly recommended.

Sep 27, 2018

Outstanding book detailing the sinking of the Indianapolis, the court martial that followed and the fight by the crew to get the truth out. Highly recommend for anyone that enjoys learning more about military history, particularly WWII.

Sep 22, 2018

Meticulously written and on the verge of TMI. The author(s) uncovered and revealed intricate details on this huge piece of hidden history with the Indianapolis' involvement in delivering the atomic bomb and to its sinking and further controversy and political deception. The portrayal of real crew members and their positions on the ship and their desperate attempt at survival in the water turn real and tragic. It's amazing how the fight to absolve the ship Captain McVay leads to present time. Whew! Quite a story.


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Nov 04, 2019

... Mc Vay was responsible, and yet to court-martial him, though technically legal, was manifestly unjust.

Nov 04, 2019

Mc Vay was convicted not of hazarding his vessel, but of having it sunk from under him.

Nov 04, 2019

There was right and there was wrong, and that was that.

Nov 04, 2019

But discretion is not a defense for poor judgement.


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