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Left for Dead: A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis Paperback – November 11, 2003
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This book is excellent and well worth reading. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in history or shipwrecks.
Hunter Scott was a very intelligent young man to expose all the events in order to get
the whole story out to the Legislatures and President in order to get Capt. McVey pardoned
and tell what happened to the men whom the Navy forgot.
I recommend this book to any history buff, any veteran of WWII, any currently serving in military service, and to family members of any who have served our great country. You might just get to know those better who have protected and are protecting our precious freedoms.
I also recommend this to any who have no knowledge of our military. You just might learn something that will enrich your life and something that you can pass down to future generations to show respect for our veterans/military.
(From a Daughter of a WWII Veteran who served in the Pacific)
"Left for Dead" is a book by author Pete Nelson about a young man's search for justice for the USS Indianapolis, which was sunk by the Japanese during World War II. The Navy blamed the ship's captain for its sinking, even though he did nothing wrong. 50 years later, an 11-year-old named Hunter Scott researches the sinking of the Indianapolis for a history fair school project, and, after reading about the injustices of the captain's blaming, he sets off to find justice for the late captain, with the support of many of the ship's surviving crew members, who believe that their captain did nothing wrong.
At first, the author is set on giving the reader a lot of background information on the ships, the sailors, the Japanese, and Hunter. This gets a little boring, because he was describing everything without the use of humor or the inclusion of any interesting stories. He also mentions a lot of the men that were on the ship, and having that large a number of characters makes things confusing until about halfway through, when the sinking happens, and when things start to pick up. Once the sinking occurs, the author does an absolutely brilliant job of explaining the whole ordeal, from how the men felt, to what happened to the captain. He describes their conditions with the greatest detail, and isn't afraid to clarify a meaning if necessary. The same occurs with Hunter's search for justice.
In summary, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Beware that the author does use some sailing terms that he does not clarify, so be prepared to look up a few things.