The Attack on the Liberty: The Untold Story of Israel's Deadly 1967 Assault on a U.S. Spy Ship
James Scott. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009. 374 pp. Illus. Index. $26.
Reviewed by Edward J. Drea
James Scott's father, Ensign John Scott, served on board the USS Liberty (AGTR-5), and this book is both a tribute and a belated memorial to the officers and men of that ill-fated spy ship. The younger Scott, a Neiman fellow at Harvard University during 2006-7 and award-winning newspaper journalist, organizes his account into alternating chapters that describe the carnage and heroism on board the Liberty, when, on 8 June 1967, Israeli jets strafed and napalmed her deck and Israeli submarines torpedoed her hull, scoring a direct hit, killing 34 crewmen and leaving 171 others of her crew seriously injured.