- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Cooper Square Press; 1st Cooper Square Press Ed edition (November 14, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0815411200
- ISBN-13: 978-0815411208
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,873,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tragic Fate of the U.S.S. Indianapolis: The U.S. Navy's Worst Disaster at Sea Paperback – November 14, 2000
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"There have been many books and articles on the sinking, but Lech is the first person to have had access to the confidential records and court martial proceedings," said LJ's reviewer of this 1982 investigation into the sinking of the navy cruiser Indianapolis, which was torpedoed by the Japanese after delivering the Hiroshima bomb. Most of the crew died, and the ship's captain was court martialed. Lech claims, however, that the skipper was entirely blameless and that the Navy fabricated a major cover-up to save the careers of numerous admirals and other high-ranking officers. This book "should be in all World War II collections" (LJ 12/15/82).
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Much of this grim tale was secreted away for decades in classified military files, from which Mr. Lech has now managed to pry the facts. The evidence he has collected is compelling. (The New York Times Book Review)
The incompetence and indifference of several key naval officers accounted for the high death toll.... There have been many books on the sinking, but Lech is the first person to have had access to the confidential records and court-martial proceedings. His book should be in all World War II collections. (Library Journal)
Lech's book is a solid recounting of Indianapolis's journey, its sinking, the ordeal of its survivors, and the aftermath. (The Northern Mariner/Le Marin du nord)
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A little amateurish the read, but very professional in the reporting. A sad day in US Naval history, and another manifestation that those in military power will push blame on those below them.