YA Recs: The Port Chicago 50

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin



Sheinkin recounts the tragic 1944 explosion on the Port Chicago military base. In the aftermath, Navy crew members fight against unsafe working conditions and discriminatory practices, despite being charged with mutiny and facing possible execution.

Why I Loved It:

Sheinkin has one numerous awards for his work, and it’s not hard to see why. He has a way of sifting through mountains of historical commentary and picking out just the right bits of history to tell a compelling story. He also excels at layering his story in context. This book is chilling in its depiction of the injustice faced by the men whose story it tells. It’s also incredibly inspiring to read of the courage the men displayed in fighting for their cause. Finally, I appreciate Sheinkin’s ability to make historical events relevant to modern readers.

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