Abandon Ship!: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy's Greatest Sea Disaster (英語) ペーパーバック – 2002/11/12
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Sailing across the Pacific, the battle-scarred heavy cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis had just delivered a secret cargo that would trigger the end of World War II. Heading westward, she was sunk by a Japanese submarine. In twelve minutes, some 300 men went down with her. More than 900 other spent four horrific days and five nights in the ocean with no water to drink, savaged by a pitiless sun and swarms of sharks. Incredibly, no one knew they were there until a Navy patrol plane accidentally discovered them. In the end, only 316 crewmen survived.
How could this have happened -- and why? This updated edition of Abandon Ship!, with an Introduction and Afterword by Peter Maas, supplies the chilling answer. A harrowing account of military malfeasance and human tragedy, Abandon Ship! also scrutinizes the role of the U.S. Navy in the disaster, especially the court-martial of the ship's captain, Charles Butler McVay III. Maas reveals facts previously unavailable to Richard Newcomb and chronicles a forty-year crusade to right a wrong, a crusade Abandon Ship! inspired.
Richard F. Newcomb served as a wartime naval correspondent during World War II and received a Purple Heart. He is a retired news editor of the Associated Press and the author of six books, including Savo, and Iwo Jima.. He lives in Palm Coast, Florida.
Now having spent 6 great hours devouring every page of this true and gripping novel, I am certain that the miscarriage of justice has been righted. This book is as good as it gets, and for those who have ever served in the Navy, you'll be strolling down memory lane as they book details life aboard a ship.
The book is a true testament and record to those who died and thos that lived. The book is a compelling look at the disaster, how the crew was affected and what happened to everyone, including the captain.
Using actual testimony fromt he court martial, you have a first hand, inside look into how a chain of events can be looked at from several view points. If you are a histry buff, a Navy vet or anyone who loves a good mystery, than this book is certain must have and must read.
Overall you'll be hard pressed to find any better work and this one gets my highest praise and recommendations.