In 1945, shortly after delivering components for the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the island of Tinian, the Navy cruiser Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Dan Kurzman depicts the horrible incidents and aftermath of this event that haunts the Navy and the Pentagon to this day. Photographs.In 1945, shortly after delivering components for the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the island of Tinian, the Navy cruiser Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Dan Kurzman depicts the horrible incidents and aftermath of this event that haunts the Navy and the Pentagon to this day. Photographs.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1990-06-01 The cruiser Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945. Most of its crew went down with the ship, but many died during the extraordinary five-day delay in rescue. The ship's captain was one of 316 who survived of a crew of 1196. Charles B. McVay III was court-martialed for negligence, becoming the first captain ever tried by the U.S. Navy for losing his ship in battle. (He later committed suicide.) Kurzman ( A Killing Wind ) here presents a shocking, convincing tale of how a good officer became a political pawn and scapegoat for high-level administrative negligence. He also describes the efforts by McVay's family and survivors of the tragedy to overturn the conviction, efforts which continue despite the ``total resistance'' of the Navy. The sinking of the Indianapolis has been called the Navy's worst sea disaster; Kurzman suggests that it is the Navy's worst moral disaster as well. This is a first-rate work, covering the details of the sinking, the five-day ordeal of the survivors in shark-infested water, and the unusual court-martial (it featured in-person testimony by the Japanese submarine commander). Photos. (July)
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