Fatal Voyage: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis

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Crown/Archetype, Dec 24, 2008 - History - 416 pages
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Shortly after midnight on July 30, 1945, the Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea. The ship had just left the island of Tinian, delivering components of the atomic bomb destined for Hiroshima. As the torpedoes hit, the Indianapolis erupted into a fiery coffin, sinking in less than fifteen minutes and leaving nine hundred crewmen fighting for life in shark-infested waters. They expected a swift, routine rescue, unaware that the Navy high command didn’t even realize that the Indianapolis was missing. Help would not arrive for another five days.

Drawn from definitive interviews with key figures, Fatal Voyage recounts the horrific events endured as the number of water-treading survivors dwindled to just 316. Each gruesome day brought more madness and slow death, from explosion-related injuries, dehydration, and, most terrifying of all, shark attacks. But the pain did not end when the men finally returned home: The Indianapolis’s commander, Captain Charles B. McVay III, was court-martialed for causing the clearly unavoidable disaster.

With a new afterword chronicling the fifty-five-year campaign by Indianapolis survivors and their supporters to win public vindication for Captain McVay, this classic is restored, along with memories of the Indianapolis crew.
 

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In July 1945 the cruiser Indianapolis sailed from San Francisco to Tinian in the Marianas to deliver components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Then, en route from Tinian to Leyte, sailing alone, the ... Read full review

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
FOREWORD
ITHE VICTOR AND THE VANQUISHED
IITHE SECRET WEAPON
IIITHE HEAVENLY MISSION
IVTOWARD THE DAWN
VTHE MERCHANTS OF TRANQUILITY
VIAN ORDINARY CRUISE
XIITHE PRICE OF SALVATION
XIIIFOR THE GOOD OF THE NAVY
XIVTOY OF TREACHERY
EPILOGUE
AFTERWORD
APPENDIX
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY

VIIREVENGE OF THE SAMURAI
VIIIPRELUDE TO MADNESS
IXUNDER NO COMMAND
XA WAY OF LIFE
XIBACK FROM THE BRINK
Navy Department
concerning enemy submarines
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Dan Kurzman, a former Washington Post correspondent, is the author of fourteen books and the winner of five literary and journalistic awards: The George Polk Memorial Award; the National Jewish Award; the Newspaper Guild's Front Page Award; and, twice, the Cornelius Ryan Award for the year's best book on foreign affairs. Kurzman is a native of San Francisco and now makes his home in New Jersey.

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