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The Right Thing

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  102 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
When a U.S. nuclear submarine collided with a Japanese fishing vessel in the spring of 2001, the story made national headlines. Navy Commander Scott Waddle, former captain of the U.S.S. Greeneville, was at the center of the controversy. This is the first-hand, never-before-published account of that fatal moment and the heart-breaking avalanche of events that followed.
ebook, 256 pages
Published February 28th 2003 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published January 28th 2003)
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Kat Morrill
Dec 10, 2010 Kat Morrill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doing the right thing doesn't always come with a fairytale ending. This story is a life lesson about integrity.
Kyle Pratt
Jan 25, 2013 Kyle Pratt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in a military themed non-fiction story
Shelves: non-fiction
I served in the United States navy for twenty years, though not aboard submarines. I could see the navy I knew, both good and bad, on many pages of the book.

The Right Thing explores the life of Cdr. Scott Waddle, Captain of the nuclear submarine Greenville, on the day it collided with and sank the Ehime Maru, a floating Japanese high school. The first portion of the book tells about Scott Waddle, from his childhood up through his naval career. The last half is the story of the collision, sinking
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Derrick
Apr 17, 2008 Derrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, 2008
As a military office my mother bought this book for me for Christmas. I was done reading it in about 2 weeks. Scott Waddle was the commander of the sub that hit a Japanese fishing vessel a few years ago. It sparked an international outrage and only after reading the book did I remember hearing about the story on national news. It was interesting to see how he was able to maintain his composure and do what he felt was the right thing through his faith in God. A great book that I would recommend t ...more
Debbie Smith
Mar 28, 2014 Debbie Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book about a horrible tragedy. A good book to share with folks facing a loss or unexpected heartache. He is a man of Christian character which is refreshing to see in the military.
Bill
Jul 19, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An example of what is missing in too many of this country's elected representatives.
Ice
May 12, 2010 Ice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
When a U.S. nuclear submarine collided with a Japanese fishing vessel in the spring of 2001, the story made national headlines. Navy Commander Scott Waddle, former captain of the U.S.S. Greeneville, was at the center of the controversy. This is the first-hand, never-before-published account of that fatal moment and the heart-breaking avalanche of events that followed.
Marcie Miller
Nov 13, 2013 Marcie Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A true story regarding a mishap of a submarine manuever that ended with 9 civilians being killed and the down fall of a naval officer. Putting his faith in the Lord carries him through when his life seems to be at its last leg.
Omnipotent Dystopian Now
This book was much too preachy, and I have a feeling the author’s account of the events are not entirely accurate. However, the book does offer some insight into Navy life on a submarine, so it’s not a total loss.
Ben Denison
Jan 10, 2012 Ben Denison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tough read on a tough subject seeing a man's good name and career down the tube for a tragic accident and momentary slip of attention. Feel terrible for him and worse for those families who lost loved ones.
Sandi
Sep 02, 2008 Sandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever thought about being in command and having to make all the decisions? Well, Commander Waddle tells his true story about a decision that ended in disaster. Excellent true life adventure story.
Dave
Oct 29, 2011 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Provided a good insight to all the events before and after this horrible tragedy. Well done.
Carol
May 17, 2009 Carol is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
A story of honor and accountability
PWRL
Sep 20, 2011 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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