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San Diego authors share experience of writing USS Indianapolis book

Posted: 6:11 PM, May 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-27 23:09:40-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - It’s the largest loss of life in United States Navy history and you can read an award-winning account of it by two San Diego authors.

‘Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man’ is being released as a paperback after the hardcover became a New York Times bestseller.

Sara Vladic and Lynn Vincent wrote the book together after researching it for more than 17 years.

“It’s so much more than a sinking story and a shark story,” said author Lynn Vincent.

Vladic spent nearly two decades interviewing survivors from the sinking USS Indianapolis.

“Getting to know these men and their story and heroism and what it took to survive those days is incredible,” added Vladic, “it still teaches us lessons today of what the cost of freedom really is and what we should be remembering.”

The book is cinematically written and presents multiple accounts from the men that had to fend off sharks and each other for several days at sea after the heavy cruiser was sank by the Japanese during WWII.

The authors say they are in talks with several streaming services to make a miniseries based on the book.