On March 14, 1970, two young merchant seamen sparked the first armed mutiny aboard an American ship in more than a century by taking control of the SS Columbia Eagle, a U.S. merchant vessel under U.S. military charter, carrying napalm and munitions to the Vietnam War. The mutineers set most of the crew adrift in lifeboats in the open sea and forced the captain to take the ship to Cambodia. After a tense impasse with the U.S. military, the Eagle arrived in Sihanoukville and the mutineers surrendered its cargo to Prince Sihanouk's government. Declaring themselves antiwar revolutionaries, the mutineers were granted asylum. Two days later, however, a coup put a pro-U.S. junta in power and the two men were imprisoned. Sihanouk, in exile, claimed the mutiny was a covert CIA operation which delivered weapons to the junta.
A serious piece of journalism with the narrative drive of a novel, The Eagle Mutiny is a tale of idealism and extreme daring. It chronicles the mutiny, the investigations and trials that followed, and it also paints a moving, complex portrait of the young mutineers. "The Eagle Mutiny," said a reviewer, "is an intriguing investigation into a forgotten crime - or, perhaps, a forgotten act of courage, depending on the reader's point of view... The authors present us with a vivid picture of flawed men, flawed choices, and tragic consequences."
|Publisher:||Richard Linnett & Roberto Loiederman|
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About the Author
Richard's work has appeared in The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, L.A. Weekly, Penthouse, Cineaste Magazine, Adweek and Advertising Age. He is an MFA writing graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of the Arts and a B.A. graduate of George Washington University.
After receiving a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. from San Francisco State (English Literature), Roberto Loiederman worked as a deck-hand on 14 U.S.-flag merchant vessels, first as ordinary seaman, then as able seaman (AB). His first three ships, in 1966-67, went to Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines during the height of the war and were nearly identical to the ship on which the mutiny took place.
In 1974, Roberto and his wife moved to Israel, where he wrote, produced and narrated documentary films, including a series of four half-hour movies about the old city of Jerusalem. After moving to L.A. in 1981, he worked as a TV writer for such shows as Dynasty, Knots Landing and Father Dowling. He's worked as a journalist and feature writer with more than 100 articles published in The Washington Post, L.A. Times, Baltimore Sun, Penthouse, Jewish Journal, and many others.