NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * GRIPPINGTHIS YARN HAS IT ALL. USA Today * A WONDERFUL BOOK. Christian Science Monitor * ENTHRALLING. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) * A MUST-READ. Booklist (starred review)A human drama unlike any otherthe riveting and definitive full story of the worst sea disaster in United States naval history.Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, days after delivering the components of the atomic bomb from California to the Pacific Islands in the most highly classified naval mission of the war, USS Indianapolis is sailing alone in the center of the Philippine Sea when she is struck by two Japanese torpedoes. The ship is instantly transformed into a fiery cauldron and sinks within minutes. Some 300 men go down with the ship. Nearly 900 make it into the water alive. For the next five nights and four days, almost three hundred miles from the nearest land, the men battle injuries, sharks, dehydration, insanity, and eventually each other. Only 316 will survive. For the bette...
|Title||:||Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man|
|Number of Pages||:||592 pages|
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Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man Reviews
One of the most chilling words ever read," For the men who carried the bomb."
This is how one crew member of USS Indianapolis signs his checks.
Truly amazing read with in depth and personal accounts from those who lived to tell their story.
"While her trim skin made her one of the fastest large ships in the Navy, it also meant that the bubble of steam and gas produced by an exploding torpedo could easily crack her in two."
With not one but two torpedoes hitting her she went down and was never found ...more
It has been a very long time since I have had such a deep emotional reaction to a book, in the way that I did to this one.
Clearly, the authors have done an incredible job with their research, and this shows in the telling of this story, one I was completely unaware of (in my defence, I am Australian).
I thought it would be one heck of a story, reading about the survival of these men after the torpedoing of their ship, but what I didn't expect was the affect on me of the details about the court- ...more
Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man
is the stark reality behind our use of the platitude
Thank you for your service.”
I say this not to admonish anyone who walks up to a Veteran wearing a cap, or any other identification as a Vet at a military event, hospital, or days to commemorate a remembrance of their military service. Yet, these words are easy to say without a thought to just what was sacrificed in t ...more
First, congratulations to the authors Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic for the many, many hours of research, interviews, and patience putting this true full account of the sinking of the ship and the court-martial of Captain Charles McVay.
I usually get tired or worn out reading books that are over 350 pages or so. This one is well over 400 and every bit of it was an adventure for me - a page turner.
This story is well defined about the stuff that took place before, during and after the sinking of th ...more
This amazing ship and these amazing men who fought for our freedom need to be remembered. INDIANAPOLIS is a captivating retelling bringing new light to this incredibly important moment in history. More than just a riveting, harrowing tragedy, due to such an unlikely series of events so near to the end of the war, it is ultimately a story of survival and redemption. A must read for all!
Wow! This book blew me away, on several counts. First of all, I had never even HEARD of the ship, the USS Indianapolis, that delivered components of the atom bomb to the Pacific Islands. Nor had a heard of the ship's demise only a few days after her delivery date...OR about her skipper's court martial (Captain Charles McVay III), or the horrendous death tolls both shortly after the ship was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, and hundreds who fought sharks, mutiny, starvation, before being rescue ...more
While there are several books published about the USS Indianapolis, this one is the most complete account of not only the sinking and survival stories, but also of the mistakes by other Navy cimmqnds, the subsequent scapegoating of Captain McVay with a court marshall due to failure to zig zag and the valiant attempt to clear his name by a 13 year old boy. No matter what aspect of the story of the Indianapolis intrigues you, pick up this book.
I have a vague memory of reading about the Indianapolis in a children's book in the 1950s. It's the sharks, of course, that stayed in my memory, not all the other fascinating details revealed in this riveting account of the ship's history, the men who sailed it, and the politics that led to its demise. I had forgotten, if I ever knew, the role it played in transporting an atomic bomb for use against Japan. The reversal of the court martial against Captain Charles McVay seems long overdue, too li ...more