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Captain McVay was quickly court-martialed for having failed to follow evasive maneuvers, "the first captain in the history of the U.S. Navy," Doug Stanton observes, "to be court-martialed subsequent to losing his ship in an act of war." Although the sailors under his command would insist that McVay had been scapegoated, and although I-58's commander testified before the court that "he would have sunk the Indianapolis no matter what course she was on," McVay was never able to clear his name. He committed suicide in 1968.
Stanton captures the drama of these events in his vigorous narrative, which augments and updates Richard Newcomb's Abandon Ship!. Stanton observes that although McVay was exonerated by an act of Congress in 2000, the conviction still stands in Navy records. Stanton's book makes a powerful case for why that conviction should be overturned, and why the captain and crew of the Indianapolis deserve honor. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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history IS NOT ALWAYS EASY TO READ BUT THIS BOOK TELLS THE STORYPublished 1 month ago by margery klemm
A very well thought and written book about a horrible disaster that should have never happened. The men we lost on the ship will never be forgotten for all they went through... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Like many others, I was drawn to this novel because Quint (Jaws) tells the horrific story of the the sinking of the U.S.S Indianapolis. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jax Spenser