The 2020 One Book Yuma selection is Indianapolis: the True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in US Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic. Make this a true community-wide reading event! Pick up your copy of Indianapolis at your local library.
Sara Vladic will visit Yuma Tuesday, February 25th, to lead two community discussions.
Tuesday, February 25th • 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Main Library, 1st Floor Meeting Room
Tuesday, February 25th • 6:30-8:00 p.m.
AZ Western College, Theater Building
In 1945 the Indianapolis, alone, was torpedoed by one of the few Japanese submarines still operational and sank. Almost 900 men survived, but the ship had slipped off the Navy’s tracking system, and it took four days before they were spotted, too late for more than 600 men who died from thirst and exposure or were eaten by sharks. Vincent and Vladic juxtapose the crew’s harrowing ordeal with the Navy’s desperate efforts to discover what had gone wrong and cover it up. The designated culprit was the ship’s captain: court-martialed on skimpy evidence, found guilty of endangering the vessel, and eventually driven to suicide. A subsequent investigation led to his exoneration, but the systemic oversights and misjudgments that enabled this tragedy remained obscure until this investigation, which drew upon new sources clarifying how the file was amended.
One Book Yuma is brought to you by Arizona Western College/Northern Arizona University-Yuma Academic Library, Yuma County Library District, and the Friends of Yuma County Libraries, Inc.