Troubled Water

Troubled Water

Race, Mutiny, and Bravery on the USS Kitty Hawk

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Follows the story of the 1972 mutiny aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, that led to a race riot and destroyed the careers of the sailors involved.

McMillan Palgrave

In 1972, the United States was embroiled in an unpopular war in Vietnam, and the USS Kitty Hawk was headed to her station in the Gulf of Tonkin. Its five thousand men, cooped up for the longest at-sea tour of the war, rioted--or, as Troubled Water suggests, mutinied. Disturbingly, the lines were drawn racially, black against white. By the time order was restored, careers were in tatters. Although the incident became a turning point for race relations in the Navy, this story remained buried within U.S. Navy archives for decades.

With action pulled straight from a high seas thriller, Gregory A. Freeman uses eyewitness accounts and a careful and unprecedented examination of the navy's records to refute the official story of the incident, make a convincing case for the U.S. navy's first mutiny, and shed new light on this seminal event in American history.

& Taylor

The award-winning author of The Forgotten 500 documents the denied 1972 mutiny aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, tracing the events that led up to a racially charged riot that ruined and destroyed careers while serving as a turning point for Navy race relations.

Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
ISBN: 9780230613614
Branch Call Number: 959.7043 FREEM


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