Left for Dead: A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis

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Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship sank in 14 minutes. More than 1,000 men were thrown into shark-infested waters. Those who survived the fiery sinking—some injured, many without life jackets—struggled to stay afloat in shark-infested waters as they waited for rescue. But the United States Navy did not even know they were missing. The Navy needed a scapegoat for this disaster. So it court-martialed the captain for “hazarding” his ship. The ...
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Overview

Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship sank in 14 minutes. More than 1,000 men were thrown into shark-infested waters. Those who survived the fiery sinking—some injured, many without life jackets—struggled to stay afloat in shark-infested waters as they waited for rescue. But the United States Navy did not even know they were missing. The Navy needed a scapegoat for this disaster. So it court-martialed the captain for “hazarding” his ship. The survivors of the Indianapolis knew that their captain was not to blame. For 50 years they worked to clear his name, even after his untimely death. But the navy would not budge—until an 11-year-old boy named Hunter Scott entered the picture. His history fair project on the Indianapolis soon became a crusade to restore the captain’s good name and the honor of the men who served under him.

Recalls the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis at the end of World War II, the navy cover-up and unfair court martial of the ship's captain, and how a young boy helped the survivors set the record straight fifty-five years later.

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In July 1945 the U.S.S. Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese sub, and sank in a mere fourteen minutes, spilling more than a thousand men into deadly, shark-infested waters. The survivors struggled to stay alive, some of them without life jackets. Meanwhile, the Navy had lost track of the ship's whereabouts. Ultimately, only 317 men were rescued, making it the worst disaster in U.S. naval history. The Navy made the ship's captain a scapegoat. The sailors who served under him fought valiantly to clear his name, to no avail. It wasn't until the intervention of an eleven year old boy named Hunter Scott -- and his history fair project -- that the tide turned for the Indianapolis.
From the Publisher
“Two history lessons run concurrently through this exciting, life-affirming book about war heroics and justice . . . which proves without question the impact one student can have on history.”—Booklist

“Young readers . . . will no doubt be inspired by the youth’s tenacity—and by the valor of those who served on the Indianapolis.”—The Horn Book Magazine

Library Journal
One voice can change the course of history, or at least how it is remembered. When the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the Pacific, more than 1000 survivors were left floating in shark-infested waters. Five days later, only 317 remained, the rest having succumbed to dehydration, sleep psychosis, exposure, or shark attack. The Navy had failed to send rescue to the worst disaster in its history and then court-martialed the ship's captain to cover its mistake. The one voice belongs to Hunter Scott, whose middle-school history fair project shed new light on the tragedy, drew the attention of Congress, and ultimately resulted in the posthumous pardon of its shamed captain. The story of Hunter's crusade for justice makes the truly gruesome first-person accounts of those five days in the water bearable, resulting in one riveting read.—Angelina Benedetti, "35 Going on 13," BookSmack! 8/19/10
Publishers Weekly
Left for Dead by Pete Nelson explains how the research of 11-year-old Hunter Scott who was inspired by a passing reference in the movie Jaws uncovered the truth behind a historic WWII naval disaster aboard the USS Indianapolis and led to the reversal of the wrongful court martial of the ship's captain. A full-color photographic inset and a preface by the now 17-year-old Scott round out the volume. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This remarkable true account of a young boy's fight for justice on behalf of a group of World War II survivors of the greatest naval wartime tragedy is at once appalling, gripping, and uplifting. From the descriptions of the men who fought off sharks in the ocean to the accounts of commanding officers who defended the Navy's stance, the first person statements and photographs make this an all together unbelievable war story. At age 11, Hunter Scott set out to research the June 30, 1945 sinking of the USS Indianapolis for his history fair project. Pete Nelson recounts the story of the attack on the Indianapolis as well as Hunter's quest to correct the unjust court martial of Captain McVay. After winning the local competition in the spring of 1997, the project was displayed in the Pensacola office of Hunter's congressman, where crowds of World War II veterans gathered to see it. National exposure of Hunter's work on Tom Brokaw's weekly "American Spirit" segment gave momentum to his mission to correct the injustice. Hunter's perseverance in the face of considerable resistance on the part of the Navy and U.S. Government presents a mighty example of honor. The narrative is probably too graphic for the very young, but perfect for young adults searching for real life adventure and aspiring researchers in sixth grade and above. 2003, Delacourt/Random House, Ages 12 up.
—Rosemary A. Chase
VOYA
Thanks to the curiosity of a Florida sixth-grader, Hunter Scott, crew members of the ill-fated World War II ship USS Indianapolis had the opportunity to reveal to Congress truths about the ship's sinking and the captain's unwarranted court martial. In the preface, Scott, now in high school, explains how viewing Jaws proved the catalyst for a History Day project and a lengthy journey toward justice. Some of the chilling statistics associated with Captain McVay and the rapid sinking of a torpedoed ship near the end of the war include countless shark attacks, 5 days in treacherous waters, and merely 317 survivors from a crew of 1,197. Nelson borrows letters, photographs, translations, and research notes from Scott to chronicle how a school project uncovered untruths, righted a wrong, and returned reputation to a dedicated seaman. The tale is compelling, dreadful, and amazing. Photographs illustrating faces of young adults, who in 1945 faced horrors unspoken for decades, contrast with their pictures as near-octogenarians given voice by Scott's inquiry. Unfortunately, Nelson does not footnote or index the volume—an irony given the competition's demands for documentation. Narrating Scott's process in ferreting out the truth deserves specific documentation, as do readers. Nelson's prose is fluent, at times poignant; thorough documentation would not mar it. Readers might also appreciate more glimpses of primary sources—the letters, transcripts of interviews, and more—crucial elements of History Day projects compiled by middle and high schoolers. Maps and photographs are meaningful additions to this tribute to inquiry and its astonishing reward. Photos. Maps. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J S (Readablewithout serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, Delacorte, 180p,
— Patti Sylvester Spencer
KLIATT
The sinking of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35) and the subsequent injustices connected with that wartime tragedy just will not go away. Several recent titles, nearly all of them bestsellers, confirm the public's continuing fascination with the case. When the heavy cruiser was ambushed and sunk by a Japanese submarine in the waning days of WW II, the warship was but one of more than 400 US Navy vessels destroyed during the war. Out of all those unfortunate captains, however, the commanding officer of the Indianapolis was the only one to be court-martialed for the loss of his ship. Widespread suspicions that the Navy's high command made Captain Charles McVay a scapegoat for its own egregious blunders have continued to the present day. What sets this book apart from the others is its straightforward and unadorned style, the result of its origin in a middle-schooler's curiosity. Eleven-year-old Hunter Scott stumbled across the story of the naval catastrophe while he was learning basic research techniques from his graduate student father. The relative scarcity of information on the subject soon intrigued both father and son, and led them to attend a reunion of USS Indianapolis survivors. The younger Scott interviewed the graying sailors and put together a highly successful project for his school's History Fair. This in turn resulted in collaboration with a professional writer and hence to the present volume. Pete Nelson was wise enough to cast his narrative at a basic level that will entice younger readers yet not bore most adults who pick up the book. He recounts the tale from the first-person viewpoints of several of the youthful sailors who managed to survive the disasteronly to suffer tropical sun, thirst, shark attacks and a shamefully delayed rescue attempt. To be sure, the whole shameful episode was nowhere near as "hidden" and "obscured" as the researchers make out, but neither had the Navy ever encouraged publicity about it. The book is far from impartial, and Nelson overlooks none of the drama and pathos, but it is a good way for intermediate students to make their first foray into serious history. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2002, Random House, 201p. illus. bibliog. index., Ages 12 to 18.
—Raymond Puffer, PhD.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-World War II aficionados will find this title both interesting and, at times, appalling. Nelson essentially relates two stories at the same time. One is of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis. Alternately, he tells of a junior high student's crusade to exonerate the wrongfully court-martialed captain of the ship. In the preface, Hunter Scott relates how, as an 11-year-old, his curiosity about the Indy was piqued by a shark story in the movie Jaws. While seeking more information about it, he learned of the gross errors and oversights that effectively doomed the ship by sending it directly into the path of a Japanese submarine. The U.S. Navy was not willing to admit that anyone except Captain McVay made any errors. The author describes the horrors the survivors endured as they waited for four and a half days to be rescued, which came about only because of an accidental sighting. The text also describes how the combined efforts of Scott, several of the survivors, national media attention, and several members of Congress posthumously exonerated McVay of any charges. The text is well written and well documented. Navy portraits and present-day photos of the survivors are included, as is a second section that shows the Indy, a map of the Pacific and the scene of the attack, and people who helped Scott. This excellent presentation fills a void in most World War II collections.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
On July 30, 1945, after transporting the atomic bomb to Tinian for the Enola Gay, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in shark-infested waters and sunk. In the largest wartime loss of life for the navy, 880 of the ship's 1,197 men found themselves in the water, 250 miles from the closest land. When they were eventually rescued, only 317 men had survived. How had it happened that a ship as important as the USS Indianapolis had been unescorted in waters where Japanese submarines were known to lurk, and Captain McVay had not been notified? Why was Captain McVay court-martialed, when accountability clearly extended beyond his role as captain? Nelson is telling two stories here: the wartime story of the USS Indianapolis and the story of Hunter Scott, a young boy doing a history project for school. Scott got interested in the Indianapolis after watching Jaws with his dad, and a character in the movie tells of the Indianapolis and the shark attacks on the men. Fascinated, Scott chose this as his topic for a history fair. He did research, wrote letters to survivors, and began to feel something was not quite right in the story, that Captain McVay and his officers were more heroic than negligent, and the record should be set straight. The story of the USS Indianapolis is fascinating, and Nelson capably puts that story in the context of the war and the events leading up to it. Less successful is the melding of the two stories of ship and young researcher. The story of Hunter Scott sandwiches the war story, but it is important in its own right, and Scott, along with survivors and a congressman, plays a key role in the exoneration of Captain McVay. As engaging as the best historical fiction, this willappeal to any reader who likes history and a good story at the same time. (photographs, maps, bibliography) (Nonfiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385730914
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/11/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 70,902
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Pete Nelson is the author of 18 books of fiction and nonfiction and has written for numerous magazines. His most recent adult book is That Others May Live (Random House).
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Chapter One

The Sailor

July 1945

The horror has seared my mind like a hot poker and I cannot forget it. After fifty years the dates and faces have lost their distinction, but the horror never gives way. The older I get, the more it bothers me. I can still hear the screams of the injured and dying.

Cozell Smith, 1994

The sailor finds himself swimming in the open ocean, wondering in shock how it came to this so suddenly. It's just past midnight. He'd been sleeping above deck, because it was too hot below and it smelled of sweat and bad breath and dirty laundry. He woke up at eleven-thirty, half an hour before his turn to stand watch. He went to the mess hall, grabbed a cup of coffee from the fifty-gallon urn and took his coffee topside. A quarter moon appeared briefly in a break in the clouds, high overhead. Now it's dark. He looks up, straining to see the moon. There's no light. The last light he saw was his ship on fire, flames, smoke, mixed with the horrible sounds of men screaming.

"I can't swim!" the man hanging on to him shouts.

The sailor wonders how they could let a man who can't swim join the navy. The sailor's name is Cozell Lee Smith, but they call him Smitty. The man whose life he's saving is named Dronet. Smith has no life jacket. Dronet has no life jacket. Smith has already warned Dronet not to get scared and grab him around the neck, that he'll leave him if he does. He'll save Dronet's life if he can, but if he has to, he will cut him loose. He's already tiring. He's a strong swimmer, but Dronet is heavy, weighing him down.

Smith swims. He gets a mouthful of seawater. He spits, coughs, keeps swimming. He inhales fumes and feels sickened by them. He hears screaming. He wonders how many others there are. He can't see a thing. It's too dark. He can't tell what direction the screaming is coming from. He strains for breath and accidentally swallows another mouthful of seawater, but it's not just seawater. It's fuel oil from the ship's ruptured tanks, thick and gooey. Instantly he's covered in it. It goes down his throat. More fumes. He feels sick and retches. He pushes his vomit away from him in the water. Dronet is coughing.

"What is it?" Dronet asks.

"Oil," Smith gasps. "Hang on. Keep kicking."

The irony is that if Smith hadn't joined the navy, he might well have been working in the oil fields back in Oklahoma. He'd volunteered at the age of seventeen, fresh out of tenth grade. His father, a barber, signed the permission papers with the thought that joining the navy might keep his son out of the kind of trouble a boy might get into, hanging around in a small town with nothing to do.

He spits. The oil goes down his throat even when he tries not to swallow. The ship burned oil to heat its boilers, which created the steam needed to turn the turbines to drive the propellers, which seamen call screws. It was, for its size, one of the fastest ships in the world, with a flank speed of thirty-two knots. He'd been standing at his watch station in "the bathtub," an antiaircraft battery protected by a circular splinter shield, shooting the breeze with Jimmy Reid, another coxswain from his division, when they heard the explosion. The shock of the blast nearly knocked him off his feet.

"What the heck was that?" Smith asked. Reid said he thought it was a boiler exploding.

"That could be good," Reid said. Smith wondered what could be good about it. "We'll go back to the States for repair," Reid explained.

Then the ship began to list, still moving forward but tilting to starboard, five degrees, then ten. Smith thought it would stop any second, but it didn't, listing fifteen degrees, then twenty. It slowly dawned on him that the unthinkable was coming to pass. They were sinking. Were they? Impossible. Not impossible--it was happening. When the list reached thirty degrees, he climbed down from his position and scrambled to the high side, grabbing hold of the steel cable lifeline that girded the ship. Other men had nothing to grab on to and fell. One man fell backward into the number three gun turret and hit it hard with his head. His head cracked with a sound like Babe Ruth hitting a baseball. That man was dead. A second man fell into the gun turret, and Smith could hear his bones break. The ship kept rolling over on its side until it reached ninety degrees. Smith ran across the hull of the overturned ship. In the dim light, through the smoke, he saw other men scattered down the length of the ship, some running, some standing frozen with fear. He was about to jump off the keel when Dronet stopped him and asked him for help, explaining that he couldn't swim. Now they're together in the water.

A scream. Smith looks around. Where is the screaming coming from? Is a scream something to be avoided or approached? He swims. Smith is tired. His eyes sting from the oil. He looks up. The moon is again breaking through the clouds. He tries not to swallow salt water.

"Kick!" Smith commands.

The screams grow louder. They swim to a group of men, about eight in all.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Chapter 1 The Sailor 1
Chapter 2 The Boy 7
Chapter 3 Background: The Enemy 19
Chapter 4 The Men 29
Chapter 5 The Mission 37
Chapter 6 The Sinking 49
Chapter 7 The Ordeal 65
Chapter 8 The Rescue 89
Chapter 9 The Guilty 101
Chapter 10 The Court-Martial 117
Chapter 11 The Price 139
Chapter 12 The Boy's Crusade 151
Chapter 13 The Reckoning 165
Chapter 14 The Exoneration 181
Acknowledgments 189
Bibliography 193
Index 197
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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    not my favorite

    Left For Dead book review


    I chose a book called Left For Dead by the author Pete Nelson. It includes
    unique personality and style. However, it is a terrible read in my opinion.
    The main characters don't really appear until the latest part in the book. Senator bob smith, rep Scarborough, Kimo Mcvay, Capt. Mcvay, the survivors (McCoy, twimble, kuryla, mcguiggan, miner), admiral Donald Pilling (the antagonist) and Hunter Scott make up the list of important figures. The first few chapters are composed of monotonic facts and primarily useless information. They describe the outline of the war and the current situation of the "U.S.S. Indianapolis" as it travels from one place to another in the Pacific Ocean. The only part that I mildly enjoyed came about in chapter 6 when the sinking of the ship is described. The days following are told from survivors' stories, and are slightly interesting, but made
    boring after a while.
    The fun ends at chapter 9 as Pete Nelson looks into why the Indianapolis wasn't properly prepared and why Captain Charles B. Mcvay (ship commander) was blamed and court marshaled. Here is when the main conflict is truly introduced. The captain of the U.S.S. Indianapolis was wrongfully accused of neglecting his duties and causing the vessel to be torpedoed and sunk. The conflict is resolved by the navy clearing the name of captain Mcvay.

    All of the survivors play large roles in testimonies and personal accounts for the court marshal of captain Mcvay. Essentially, they are motivated, inspired, and determined. Sen. Bob Smith acted as the main force behind the effort to redeem the captain. Words to describe him would be vigorous, intelligent, insightful, and compelling. Captain Mcvay himself is the one who inspired the crusade to clear him after his suicide in 1968. Hunter Scott is an ambitious 11-year old who brought the subject of the court marshal back into light. Throughout the story, he changes from a curious little boy to a teenager. Kimo Mcvay is the son of cap. Charles Mcvay and supports Hunter Scott on his way to Washington D.C. He is energetic yet serious. Representative Scarborough is a long time Mcvay supporter who aided Hunter Scott in his crusade. Finally, admiral Don Pilling, vice director of the U.S. navy is the man who opposes all of the protagonists that I have mentioned. He is described as calculating and adamant.

    Compared to the book Hatchet, everything in Left For Dead is very different. The style is factual and the characters are plainly described. The plot in Left For Dead is the classic story-rising actions-climax-resolution, whereas Hatchet builds and builds until the resolution in the end.

    My opinion on this book should have been very recognizable in the paragraphs above. Reading it was a pain and a chore, and I dislike it very much. I didn't actually enjoy anything except the recreation of the sinking, for everything else was unappealing, unexciting, and useless. What makes this book unique is its abundance of information. A good majority of the sentences have at least one fact or date in them. My advice to the author - don't leave out the story when writing. Without any entertainment, the reader could literally fall asleep while reading your book. I know this from experience. I would definitely not recommend this book to anyone else. In fact, I would advise against it.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Great great great book

    I liked it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2010

    good boook

    The non - fiction novel Left for Dead by Pete Nelson with, a preference by Hunter Scott was a thrilling story set in the Pacific Ocean and Pensacola, Florida in 1945 and 2006. The story begins when an 11 year old boy named Hunter Scott saw a popular movie called JAWS. In one of the scenes when captain Quint and the other two guys are telling stories about each other, one man asked about the tattoo and Quint told the story all about the U.S.S. Indianapolis. Hunter was fascinated by it he decided he would use that subject for his history fair report. Hunter won for his school and got disqualified for having footnotes. In his research he discovered the captain; Captain McVay was accused guilty for the ship sinking. Hunter decided to interview the survivors and gets many stories all the same in different ways. Hunter put there stories into one giant story from the survivors point of view. In his story the ship is torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese sub. All the people who did not get severely injured by the torpedoes are forced to abandon ship. After several days a plane spots a few hundred men in the water, he got closer and called in more ships to help along with that he landed in the water and while skimming the surface he scooped up a few men from the water. Long after the last hundred men were rescued they went to court martial and Captain McVay was accused guilty for not making sure the "sos" was sent. From lots of hate mail from people who lost loved ones he committed suicide and shot himself. Later Hunter goes to try to clear the captain's name and finally he did it THE END.

    There are a few reasons I think were good about this book. One positive was while telling the story the author went into great detail. Another positive is when telling the story the author took the survivors stories and told the story a few times but from different peoples point of view. Lastly is that the book tells you a terrific story but also teaches about war and includes interesting facts about the ocean. There were also a few negatives about the story. One negative is that if you miss a few words (what I did) you get completely lost and have to reread. Another negative is the beginning is hard to follow because it switches back and fourth from1945 to 2006. Lastly a negative is the story acted like a broken record player and repeated some boring parts a lot. Those area few positives and negatives about the novel I read Left for Dead.

    The writing style of the author is very interesting. One writing style the author had was it was hard to follow. For example the story would switch back and fourth from1954 to 2006. Another writing style the author had was it is third person point of view. For example Hunter and the survivors narrated. Finally a last writing style the author had the author is very descriptive. For example "the thick black oil surrounded us."

    I would and would not recommend this book to people, here's the reasons why. I would recommend this book because it is very interesting and detailed. Another reason I would recommend it because it's about WW2 (World War Two). I would not recommend it to someone because at some points it is a slow read. Those are the reasons I would recommend and not recommend this book. There are a few novels that are similar to this novel. Two of them I have read myself. The two I have read are The sinking of the Bismark, and Iron Thunder. Another similar novel is The Bombing of

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2008

    Great book!

    In Left for Dead, author Pete Nelson shows the reader in great detail everything Captain McVay and the men of the USS Indianapolis went through, from their missions in the Pacific Ocean, to the sinking and survival in the ocean for five days, to the court martial and later clearing of the captain¿s name. The stories about the men¿s experiences in the water were all vivid and captivating. It inspired me that a kid my own age can change history in a way grown men had been trying to do for fifty years in just five years. This book is graphic for young readers but is perfect for young adults that are interested in World War II history.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2007

    Very, Very Good!

    This, in my personal opinion, was one of the best books I've ever read! It really gave me a great insight as to what happened in the final hours of the Indianapolis's voyage and the occurances afterwards. If you area WWII fanatic like me, I suggest that you read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2006

    i liked it

    on the inndionapolis ship in 1945 during the world war 2 it was a good book to read, one of my favorite time periods there was attacking of Pearl Harbor,hunter scott, atomic bombs being delivered,life on the boat, attacking viliages, surviving in the ocean and many more it was a awesome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2005

    Amazing!

    Left for Dead is an excellent story about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. I was very surprised when I read about how fast the ship sunk. After the ship sunk; only about 350 men made it alive (although most were badly injured) off the ship. The author did an excellent job in describing the hell the surviving sailors had to go through while waiting for the Navy to send for help. It took the Navy 5 days until they accidentally found the sailors. A pilot was checking his antennae and glanced down to look at it out of his window when he spotted the survivors in the water. Many people blamed the captain for the sinking. The survivors, on the other hand, think otherwise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Amazingly Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I could not put it down!!!!!!!!"""

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Awesom

    Coolest book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Artemis

    Waits

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Peter Griffin hates YOU:p

    Is this a good book?
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    Mum.mum.mummy. MUUMM!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Great book

    This book is an awsome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Eh

    I was forced to read it for a school assignment. If i wasnt forced to do a bunch of work along with it, i might have liked it more. Otherwise, i find the book to be dull but informative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Awsime

    I gust fineshed it is amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Very interesting and informative book. Really makes you appreciate our men and women in uniform especially during WWII.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Left dead

    It is so good i am reading it every day how good it is!

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    A TRUE Story that MUST be Read!!!!

    This is TRUTH not Fiction! Which makes it even more horrible this occured. The Captain asked for help over and over BEFORE the incident, knowing it could happen. Then his good name was ruined. Many men died terrible deaths..... If not for the courage and determination of a young boy years later would this wrong not have been corrected for history's sake for the Captain. It is a book that is hard to put down once you get involved in the story.... and one you WON'T forget!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2005

    Great Book!

    The novel Left For Dead by Pete Nelson is a very good book. It is a story not only of survival and the fight for justice, but also a story of courage in the face of adversity. When the Indianapolis when down on July 30, 1945, nearly nine-hundred men were stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for five days, mainly due to errors by the Navy. When the men were finally found and rescued, just over 300 were left, and then the Navy made another critical mistake, serving an injustice to the captain of the ship by court-martialing him. It took over fifty years and the work of many men, including a young man named Hunter Scott who led the charge, to finally fix this wrongdoing on the part of the Navy. It is a great book, and it should be read by everyone, especially if you want to know the whole story of the USS Indianapolis and what happened in those shark-infested waters. Pete Nelson did a wonderful job telling the story of these brave men and their fight for survival.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2005

    Wonderful book

    This book gives light to a situation which could have been avoided, but also on the following trial. I have a new view of the navy. Their treatment of Captain McVay was very wrong. I believe that every American from middle school on should read this book. It gives insperation for people to stand up for what is right, even in the face of the military.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2004

    A review

    It was an okay book, but I'll tell you about it... It's about a ship called 'USS Indianapolis,' just after midnight on July 30, 1945, it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship sank in fourteen minutes. More than a thousand men were thrown into shark-infested waters. Those who survived the fiery sinking-some injured, many without life jackets-struggle to stay afloat as they waited for rescue. But the United States Navy did not know they were missing.

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