Instant New York Times BestsellerA human drama unlike any otherthe riveting and definitive full story of the worst sea disaster in United States naval history.GRIPPINGTHIS YARN HAS IT ALL. USA TODAY A WONDERFUL BOOK. Christian Science Monitor ENTHRALLING. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) A MUST-READ. Booklist (starred review)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 bet...
|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|
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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
This book was hard for me to read at times. Not because it was boring but because the author was able to make the reader feel like they were there. The hardest part to read was how the Navy treated Captain Charles B. McVay III was unbelievably cruel. I don't understand why the Navy did that. He was a remarkably strong man but he was beaten by the anger he encountered not just from the Navy but from the families of the victims.
The four days from the sinking of the Indianapolis till the time they ...more
A few days ago, I was sitting on the beach with a few friends and we began discussing the 1970s film “Jaws.” Someone referred to Robert Shaw’s crusty performance and a monologue he gave about the disaster that befell the USS Indianapolis at the conclusion of the World War II. Since I was familiar with Doug Stanton’s work, IN HARMS WAY written in 2003 about the sinking of the ship it immediately peaked my interest. When I returned home I saw an advertisement for a new book on the worst naval disa ...more
How do you review a book like this? Where do you even begin? I originally received a free copy of this book from NetGalley, but knew within just a few pages of this beautifully written non-fiction account of the USS Indianapolis's history that I HAD to own a finished copy. I was unable to finish my ARC before the publication date, but the week it was published, I bought my hard copy. Let me say that the physical book itself is just as gorgeous as the prose within.
Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic hav ...more
A wholly American ship, she was built between 1930 and 1932. She first sailed in 1932 and was christened the USS Indianapolis. By 1945, the Indianapolis became master of the seas from Pearl Harbor all the way to Japan. The end of the Pacific War was fast coming when she was tasked with a top secret mission at the end of July to deliver the core of the bomb that was to fall on Hiroshima. Her commander was Captain Charles B. McVay. Four days later, the Indianapolis was struck by two Japanes ...more
The loss of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35) has been chronicled many times since it’s sinking just after midnight on July 30, 1945. This latest book by Vincent and Vladic, however, does several new things. It takes into account the latest information related to the sinking, it leverages and collates information from the previous histories and accounts of the sinking, and it weaves a tale that includes the history of the ship from its launching to sinking, and the subsequent nearly three quarters o ...more
Most people today know the story of the Indianapolis, if they know it at all, from the movie Jaws. While hunting a great white shark, boat captain Quint tells Hooper and Brody of being on the Indy (as she was known by the crew) when she sunk, sharks circling until the men were pulled from the water after delivering "the bomb". The full story, told here for the first time, is much more complex, dramatic, and heartbreaking. Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic do full justice to the story of the Indy, her ...more
“So, eleven-hundred men went into the water. Three-hundred-sixteen men come out. The sharks took the rest. June the 29th, 1945.”
- Robert Shaw, as Quint, in Jaws (1975)
“The Japanese Type 95 torpedo carried a huge explosive payload designed to mortally wound battleships and cruisers. The initial pressure blast was meant to buckle the ship’s skin and weaken her internal framing. The warhead’s second effect was to punch a cavernous, temporary hole in the ocean beneath the target. These first- and se ...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” by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic, published by Simon and Schuster.
Category – Naval Military History Publication Date – July 07, 2018.
In the Armed Service the best is considered “outstanding”, in the literary world “must read”, this book fits both categories.
Few people know what happened to the USS Indianapolis and its crew on July 30, 1945. This book tells the horri ...more