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A Glimpse of Hell : The Explosion on the U.S.S. Iowa & Its Cover-Up

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Early one April morning in 1989, during a routine training exercise in the Caribbean, the center gun in Turret Two of the recommissioned battleship USS Iowa blew up. A batched investigation of the forty-seven fatalities began mere hours after the deadly explosion. Captain Fred Moosally, an Annapolis football star who had recently taken command of the Iowa, declined an offe ...more
Hardcover, 430 pages
Published March 23rd 1999 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published March 1st 1999)
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Eric_W
Jan 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
The battleship Iowa was an accident waiting to happen. The crew lacked confidence in the senior officers. The captain had made numerous public mistakes and tried to cover them up, training for the gunnery crew was minimal at best, and the chief gunnery mate was a battleship fanatic who had plans to put his name in the record books by shooting a projectile farther than had been done before, even if it meant using 50-year-old powder not designed for the purpose. One Tomahawk missile they had fired ...more
Jarod
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about prestige, prejudice, and deception. With dozens of characters influencing the events, the author does a fantastic job of introducing each with sufficient clarity that the reader need not work to keep them from running together.

The story leaves the reader with a clear opinion of each character associated with this event. This is both commendable and despicable; with such excellent narration, I am left to wonder if some of the heroes and villains are truly deserving of those
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J.C.
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
there really isn't much to say about this one. It was one of the first books I bought when I started working in the bookstore (2/08/02) and it has taken me quite a while to get around to reading it. and shame on me for that fact.

It is not the best narrative I've ever read. It's got so many people it was difficult to keep track of who was who. but besides those few complaints this book is very good. also, I think that it is very important book that examines not only a tragedy but a conspiracy of
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Larry
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What an excellent book.

Incredibly well researched, and despite the complexity and vast number of names to keep track of - pretty easy to keep track of. Instead of just repeating names, Thompson is more or less using their titles as well. Great help for a an old, ADD mind like mine!

I remember all this as it took place, but never quite got the outrage until it was laid out here. Given his point of view, as a 60 Minutes producer, this could have been a lot more self-serving, but he's more than fai
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Darleen
Oct 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I learned that there ALWAYS has to be a "fall guy" with problem events in the Navy!
T.M.
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the best military non-fiction around. A must read for fans of Navy non-fiction. (The living "suspect" had his career ruined beyond repair years later in another case.)
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