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Speaker Series: Lynn Vincent, Sara Vladic, & James Scott

November 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Lynn Vincent & Sara Vladic will discuss their book, Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man, with James Scott. Vincent is a U.S. Navy veteran and New York Times best-selling author; Vladic is and award-winning documentary filmmaker and expert on the U.S.S. Indianapolis; Scott is a local best-selling author and historian. Tickets for this event are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.

Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis is sailing alone in the Philippine Sea when she is sunk by two Japanese torpedoes. For the next five nights and four days, almost three hundred miles from the nearest land, nearly nine hundred men battle injuries, sharks, dehydration, insanity, and eventually each other. Only 316 will survive.

For the first time Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic tell the complete story of the ship, her crew, and their final mission to save one of their own in a wonderful book that features grievous mistakes, extraordinary courage, unimaginable horror, and a cover-upas complete an account of this tragic tale as we are likely to have (The Christian Science Monitor). It begins in 1932, when Indianapolis is christened and continues through World War II, when the ship embarks on her final world-changing mission: delivering the core of the atomic bomb to the Pacific for the strike on Hiroshima.

Simply outstandingIndianapolis is a must-read a tour de force of true human drama (Booklist, starred review) that goes beyond the mens rescue to chronicle the survivors fifty-year fight for justice on behalf of their skipper, Captain Charles McVay III, who is wrongly court-martialed for the sinking. EnthrallingA gripping study of the greatest sea disaster in the history of the US Navy and its aftermath (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Indianapolis stands as both groundbreaking naval history and spellbinding narrative and brings the ship and her heroic crew back to full, vivid, unforgettable life. Vincent and Vladic have delivered an account that stands out through its crisp writing and superb researchIndianapolis is sure to hold its own for a long time (USA TODAY).


November 5, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm