It’s time for the first Random Read of 2015! Thanks to imlovingbooks.coms for hosting this meme. This year, I will be reading off of my Goodreads to-read list because I have added all the things that still interested me from my Shelfari list.
A few days ago random.org chose #88 for me, so I will be reading The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin. I have heard lots of great buzz about this book and enjoyed Sheinkin’s Bomb, so this will be a great book for me this month. PLUS I was able to check out the e-book from my local public library’s collection, Win, win, win!
On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and shattering windows up to a mile away. On August 9th, 244 men refused to go back to work until unsafe and unfair conditions at the docks were addressed. When the dust settled, fifty were charged with mutiny, facing decades in jail and even execution. This is a fascinating story of the prejudice that faced black men and women in America’s armed forces during World War II, and a nuanced look at those who gave their lives in service of a country where they lacked the most basic rights.
Since this is a National Book Award Finalist, I also intend to count it toward my #AWBRead2015 challenge, too 🙂