Meet Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
- July 30, 2018
The authors of Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man come to DC on Wed., Aug. 1st, at 7PM.
After delivering crucial parts of the nuclear weapon dropped on Hiroshima, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by the Japanese on July 30, 1945 and sank within twelve minutes; survivors were found four days later, and three hundred of the 1,195 crewmen on board died, making this the greatest loss of life at sea from a single ship in U.S. Navy history. While the story of the sinking and the rescue is well known, until now one final chapter has been overlooked. In this riveting recreation of the disaster and its aftermath, Vincent, co-author of books including Same of Kind of Different as Me, and Vladic, a documentary filmmaker who has been obsessed with the Indianapolis since childhood, draw on original research and interviews with 107 survivors and witnesses to chronicle the crew’s long fight to exonerate their skipper. Captain Charles McVay III was court-martialed for the sinking and, though he was later exonerated, the authors trace a chain of systemic oversights and errors that distorted the true picture of what happened.
At Politics and Prose at the Wharf, 70 District Square, SW, Washington, DC. Click here for info.