When Tankers Collide
Today there are many echoes of events in 1971--protests against a war and a Republican president, the press disclosures of government secrets, illegal political contributions, and alienation of so many. Can we learn anything by going back to times during the Vietnam Era, especially by focusing on San Francisco? When Tankers Collide tells of the personal and social changes set in motion after the collision of two oil tankers under the Golden Gate Bridge in January 1971. This was also the week of the Charles Manson verdict, the Calley trial, American bombings in Cambodia, protests against the war and the oil companies, and the beginning of the planning which led to the Watergate crisis.
When Tankers Collide deals with some of the people who were active in the oil spill cleanup and who also were involved in some of the significant historical events of 1971. This was the year that U.S. News called "an especially turbulent year for America roiled by cultural and political ferment."
The cleanup volunteers were drawn together by a San Francisco Presbyterian minister with troubles of his own after taking a stand in the support of a fair trial for Angela Davis, just captured after a Marin County shootout. Within this group of volunteers can be found drug abuse, suicide, attempted murder, adultery, alienation, and rejection. But many lives were changed during the experience. The most dramatic is in the minister's son just back from Vietnam, combat weary and guilt-ridden because of his My Lai involvement.
When Tankers Collide gives glimpses into some of the personal changes taking place as the oil spill cleanup crews work their way through the ecological disaster.
In the retelling of these events, readers may find a new perspective on their own lives, both now and some thirty years ago.
WHEN TANKERS COLLIDE
A Novel by Roger Holmes Wood
ISBN 1-42595-5598-3 2006
Quality paperback 395 pages
Author House 1-888-280-7715