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The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
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Sep 02, 2010

really liked it
Read from August 09 to September 01, 2010

An enjoyable book that covered the mental stability of a leader of a minesweeper during WWII. The Pulitzer Prize winning novel covers ensign Keith and his dealings with the captain of the Caine...Captain Queeg. Queeg runs a tough ship with loss of liberty for things like a shirt being untucked or falling asleep on duty. He tries to get a confession out of his sailors when strawberries end up missing. Marek, the executive officer, along with others starts to think Queeg is losing it mentally. Then a typhoon hits when the ship is out to sea. Marek decides Queeg is endangering the ship and its crew. He takes over resulting in the mutiny. Once they get to safety a court marshall takes place as a result of the Caine Mutiny. Greenwald is the naval appointed lawyer for Marek and much of the story involves the trial itself.

A nice read but the ending was pretty predictable. I have thought a few of my leaders might have a screw loose. When those individuals are leading in a life or death situation it makes things a little more scary.

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