In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors

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Macmillan, Apr 4, 2001 - History - 333 pages
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A harrowing, adrenaline-charged account of America's worst naval disaster -- and of the heroism of the men who, against all odds, survived.

On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time rescue arrived, all but 317 men had died. The captain's subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered: How did the navy fail to realize the Indianapolis was missing? Why was the cruiser traveling unescorted in enemy waters? And perhaps most amazing of all, how did these 317 men manage to survive?Interweaving the stories of three survivors -- the captain, the ship's doctor, and a young marine -- journalist Doug Stanton has brought this astonishing human drama to life in a narrative that is at once immediate and timeless. The definitive account of a little-known chapter in World War II history, In Harm's Way is destined to become a classic tale of war, survival, and extraordinary courage.
  

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Amazing story, well written and researched. - Goodreads
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Review: In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors

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An unbelievable page-turner! Harrowing, yet poignant, in its portrayal of the sinking of the Indianapolis and the four days of horror that followed for the survivors. I couldn't put the book down until I found myself at the end in tears. Read full review

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AMAZING. While I have heard details about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis (after delivering integral parts for the bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima) for years, this filled in the gaps ... Read full review

Contents

Sailor on a Chain
1
Goodbye Golden Gate
39
The First Domino
63
The Burning Sea
91
Abandon Ship
119
Hope Afloat
139
Shark Attack
163
Genocide
183
Dead Drift
209
Final Hours
237
Aftermath
251
Back in the World
269
Notes
283
Bibliography
301
Index
323
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

A former contributing editor at Esquire and Outside, Doug Stanton is now a contributing editor at Men's Journal. He received an M.F.A. from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. He lives in Traverse City, Michigan.

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