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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2003
May 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
360
Pages
PUBLISHER
Henry Holt and Co.
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
926
KB

Customer Reviews

Outrider JB ,

In Harms Way

Excellent book and a tragedy the 1945 leadership of the US Navy should take full responsibility for. Mistakes were made from the top down and only one man was held responsible.

shopforsure ,

In Harm’s Way

A horrifying account of what happened before and after the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in the waning days of the war. I’ve read quite a few books about WWII but none as gripping as this. It is well researched well written and contains accounts from survivors of that awful event and it’s aftermath. I read it upon its publication many years ago and the deaths of those young men still haunt me. Read it!

All for Dreaming ,

The best storyline of this historical tragedy

Anyone who reads this will cry and have more gratitude for all who serve to protect the freedoms of our United States.

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