"The cover-up of America's greatest wartime disaster at sea, the sinking of the Indianapolis with the loss of 880 lives because of the incompetence of admirals, officers, and gentlemen."
As the cover suggests, this is the true tale of the USS Indianapolis. I knew the sad story of the ship, but was not aware of the details. The story details the time leading up to the sinking, the sinking itself, the 4 days the surviving crew was in the water, and the Naval legal aftermath. I found the story of the sinking to be incredible, as it primarily due to the many, many first hand accounts from those who survived the ordeal.
Long story short, if you want to read a gripping first hand account of the sinking of the Indianapolis, go for this book.
I really enjoyed this one. The book is a blow-by-blow account of what happened at Leyte in October of 1944. The accounts of the Leyte Gulf naval battle are sprinkled with a little bit of first person recollections, which makes the battle personal (for both the Japanese and Americans). The only issue I took was with the author's attempts to be virtually poetic...not my kind of reading. These attempts are few and far between, so the book still gets 4 stars in my eyes.
Includes the following songs:
Angels Among Us
From A Distance
The Greatest Love of All
Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?
I Can Love You Like That
I Cross My Heart
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You
I Will Always Love You
The Keeper Of The Stars
Love Will Keep Us Alive
More Than Words
Now and Forever
On Bended Knee
Over the Rainbow
Stairway to Heaven
Streets of Philadelphia
Take a Bow
Tears in Heaven
Through the Eyes of Love
The Wind Beneath My Wings
You Got It
I am quickly becoming an avid fan of Edwin Hoty's works. This book was another good historical book about WW2. Edwin does a great job of sprinkling first hand accounts with historical data. Blue skies and blood details the battle of the coral sea, which was the first battle (ever) between aircraft carriers. This book was easy to read, and I breezed through it in about a week.
THe following is an excerpt from the back cover of the book:
"The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author's girlhood town of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, 11 year old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blonde, blue eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedlove's garden do not bloom, Pecola's life does change - in painful, devestating ways."
My wife read this book quite some time ago, and could not provide an adequate review. Below is an excerpt from the back cover of the book, which I hope is helpful.
"At the age of 12, Sophie Caco is sent from her impoverished village of Croix-des-Rosets to New York, to be reuinited with a mother she barely remembers. There she discovers secrets that no child should ever know, and a legacy of shame that can be healed only when she returns to Haiti - to the women who first reared her. What ensues is a passionate journey through a landscape charged with the supernatural and scarred by political violence, in a novel that bears witness to the traditions, suffering, and wisdom of an entire people."
My wife read this book quite some time ago, and could not provide an adequate review. In place of that, I am including an excerpt from the back cover of the book below. I hope this helps.
"In 1831 a black man awaits death in a Virginia jail cell. His name is Nat Turner, and he is a slave, a preacher, and the leader of the only effective slave revolt in the history of that "peculiar institution". William Styron's vastly ambitious and stunningly accomplished novel, winner of the Pultzer prize, is Turner's confession made to his jailers under the duress of his God, a narrative that depicts a good man's transformation into an avenging angel even as it encompasses all the betrayals, cruelties, and humiliations that made up slavery - and that still scar the collective psyches of both races."
"Cosette has lost her family, but she had kept her freedom. She had lost her money, but she kept her integrity. She came to understand why Jean Valjean had so cherished freedom and integrity. They did not keep you warm at night, but they kept you upright."
My wife and I both enjoyed listening to this on a long car ride. My wife is big into Dr. Phil, and I...well...I'm a typical guy. :) In any event, after I got over the first 5 minutes of frustration due to having to listen to these CDs, I actually got into them. There are funny parts of the program, so it isn't all serious. There is a lot of good "how to live you life" tips, which I think both my wife and I will apply to our marriage and life in general.
This was a good book. Very easy read, but very informative. It is from the Japanese viewpoint of the history of the Japanese Navy during WW2. It covers all the major naval battles (Pearl Harbor, Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, ...). Some battles are covered briefly, others in more detail.
"The Female Experience" recounts history from the woman's point of view. It is a stunning testament not only to the long - ignored role of women in society, but a pioneering effort to reinvent the way we look at history."
This is the novel that became the movie starring Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Pullman. As a side-note, the book is a bit worn. The cover shows wear and has a bend in it. All text pages are intact, but there are 1-2 pages in the pictures section of the book that are coming out; none are missing. Below is an excerpt from the back cover of the book:
"July 2nd. Atmospheric phenomena begin to appear all around the world; the skies are ablaze. Satellite communications are interrupted without explaination, and fear grips the cities of the world. As the phenomena cool down, it is clear that a force of incredible magnitude has arrived. Their mission - to eliminate all human life. Over the course of the next three days in July, the world will be changed, forever."
This is the second book I have read about Iwo. The first was by Edwin P. Hoyt. While I enjoy Hoyt's writing style more than I do of Ross, I have to admit that Ross's book is far more detailed. The book covers just about every detail about the battle. Sprinkled throughout are the stories (often only a paragraph long) of those individuals who fought on Iwo. Overall, I'm giving this 4 out of 5 stars.
Another quality book by Hoyt. This book gives a pretty good overview of the Iwo Jima campaign, with the usual (Hoyt-like)sprinkling of first-hand accounts. Iwo was a terrible place. The Japanese were dug in and fought to the last man. The U.S. had close to 30,000 casualties on Iwo. Anyone who is interested in WW2 should read this book.
I just finished reading this one. It was good enough that I flew threw it very quickly. The book is a very good history of the Japanese Kamikazes. It made interesting reading given the current state of affairs (with regards to modern suicide tactics). As I read the book, I could certainly see how the Japanese turned to such a tatic. The entire war had turned against them. There were virtually no Navy warships left, the allied forces were taking over the Philippines, and B29 bombers were hitting the home-land. Desperation and determination were the key concepts. My only problem with the book was the use of vocabulary. I found that the author (needlessly) uses a lot of words which one might see on a standardized test.