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A Long Harrowing Tale - And That's How It Feels to Read
on 1 September 2001
This is the story of a ship's sinking and its aftermath. The essential point in this book is not the causes of the sinking nor the reasons that survivors were not picked up sooner, but the stories of those who survived. Trouble is that these are simply not sufficient to carry a book of this length. More is needed on the causes of the sinking and the subsequent naval enquiry. Some better quality maps would help too.
History with a 'people-centred' approach is very much an American genre. This book is an excellent example of that genre and displays why it is a weak method of conveying historical detail and insight. If you really must, must, must know about the USS Indianapolis, go ahead and buy. Otherwise, avoid this book.