The Port Chicago 50

Steve Sheinkin

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This is a wonderful book that has been a National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor Winner. This is also in the Lone Star book list of 2016. Now that is a book I would die to read. This is a crisp 165 paged historical fiction book. Furthermore, this is the only book of its kind in the Port Chicago based books, and it contains real pictures and historical oral statements form survivors in the 1970s. This book also has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5. Now that's awesome!


This is a very emotional book at many points, and the author worked hard on sinking the feeling. During the scary parts and creepy parts, the way the oral statements by the survivors are placed make a huge difference. When the explosion happens, his descriptions make you picture the scene easily, and the feeling dilutes with your reading.


After I read this book, this was my first remark, "That was intense!". It is wonderfully written in every way, and that is not easy to shape it. I write mystery stories in my free time along with historical fiction, and with that experience, this book is rocky to write. Such a long story with a testimony covering 86 pages, it feels impossible to not make it lag. This goes out for every fan of mystery and historical fiction genres, this book is for you.


Steve Sheinkin was the amazing author of this book. Without his hard researching about the incidents and the testimony, the boom would not be the same. This is a typical historical fiction book. The conflict happens after the disaster and explosion in the segregated base of Port Chicago. Some refuse to work back in the same bad safety precautions, and that fires the conflict. The Navy threatens to prison for the rebels, and that makes about half of the group go back to work. The 50 that were left became the Port Chicago 50. These people were sentenced into custody in a barrack prison till the testimony and are charged with mutiny. For the main and the juicy part filled with thrill, read the book to find out. Thurgood Marshall and Jo Small try their best to solve this problem, but it really does not make a lick of a difference with the Judges, who are retired Lieutenants and from other major roles. My favorite part and the best action would be the testimony of the mutiny charged on the 50. To deny the mutiny, Veltmann, a newbie lawyer from Texas argues against an experienced Navy Lawyer, James Coakley. The scene goes on for days and about half the book, and many changes take part in this deciding scene of the whole book. I would really recommend this book to a friend, and this makes everyone understand what people from the history have gone through and conditions they had lived in. What will happened to the accused 50 - will they be innocent, or will they be guilty and face harsh mutiny charges in their young ages? Read the interesting book to find out!