Lynn Vincent, the number-one New York Times best-selling writer of Heaven Is for Real, reveals the thrilling true story of the greatest naval disaster in United States history: the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II - and the 60-year fight to exonerate the captain from a wrongful court-martial.
The USS Indianapolis was the key ship in the largest and most powerful fleet to ever sail the face of the earth - or that will ever sail again. Her crew led the fleet from Pearl Harbor to the islands of Japan, notching an unbroken string of victories in an uncharted theater of war. When the time came for President Harry S. Truman to deal Japan the decisive blow, Indianapolis answered the call, and a super-spy named Major Robert S. Furman climbed aboard with the components of the world’s first atomic bomb.
Four days after Indianapolis delivered her ominous cargo, two Japanese torpedoes sent her to the bottom of the sea. Her story then became not only an epic tale of survival but also the tale of three captains whose lives would be forever entwined: Charles B. McVay III, who was wrongly court-martialed for the ship’s sinking; Mochitsura Hashimoto, the Japanese sub commander who originally testified against McVay and then years later joined the fight to exonerate him; and William Toti, captain of Indianapolis’ submarine, who helped the survivors win their 60-year fight to vindicate their captain.
For 70 years, the story of this fated ship wove its way through generations of American presidents, from Roosevelt and Truman in 1945 to Clinton and George W. Bush in the present day, culminating in backroom deals in the halls of Congress. Now Lynn Vincent tells the full truth about the men who lived the story and fought for justice. In this very personal account - unfolding against the larger war and the historic actions of titans of the era - the USS Indianapolis comes to full, vivid, unforgettable life.
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