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

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On July 30, 1945, after completing a top secret mission to deliver parts of the atom bomb "Little Boy," which would be dropped on Hiroshima, the battle cruiser 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 five days. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to survive, fighting off hypothermia, sharks, physical and mental exhaustion, and, finally, hallucinatory dementia. By the time rescue — which was purely accidental — arrived, all but 321 men had lost their lives; 4 more would die in military hospitals shortly thereafter.

The captain's subsequent and highly unusual 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?

Drawing on new material and extensive interviews with survivors, In Harm's Way relates the tragedy of the USS Indianapolis not as a history of war, but as a portrait of men battling the sea. Interweaving the stories of three survivors — Charles Butler McVay, the captain; Lewis Haynes, the ship's doctor; and Private Giles McCoy, 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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"Doug Stanton has done this country a service by bringing the incredible yet almost-forgotten story of the USS Indianapolis to heart-pounding life. Do yourself a favor. Read In Harm's Way." James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers

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"For millions of people everywhere, World War II had moments, hours, days of horror and terror. For Captain Charles McVay and his crew, their five days in the ocean were gruesome and terrible almost beyond description. But through painstaking research and a brilliant use of oral history, Doug Stanton has told the tale. He writes carefully and judiciously, with a sense of timing and an eye for the right detail, to make this the most frightening book I've ever read." Stephen E. Ambrose, author of Nothing Like It in the World

Review:

"In Harm's Way is a stunning book. The story of the USS Indianapolis is one of the most harrowing tales of World War II — and Doug Stanton takes you through every terrifying moment in a vivid and utterly memorable account." Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation

Review:

"A thoroughly researched, powerfully written account of a nightmare at sea, one of the most poignant tragedies and injustices of World War II. I was struck throughout by the extraordinary heroism of the marines and sailors who survived, all the more remarkable because they do not see it in themselves." Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down

Review:

"A haunting story of valor, iniquity, and young men in peril on the sea. Once the Indianapolis steams into the crosshairs of the Japanese submarine I-58, In Harm's Way is impossible to put down. Doug Stanton's account of the Indy's sinking and the harrowing aftermath is as infuriating, mesmerizing, and heartbreaking as any tale yet told of the great war in the Pacific." Rick Atkinson, author of The Long Gray Line and Crusade

Synopsis:

Stanton pens a harrowing, adrenaline-charged account of America's worst naval disaster and of the heroism of the men who, against all odds, survived. Interweaving stories of men who were there, he relates the events of July 30, 1945, when the USS "Indianapolis" was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. Two 8-page photo inserts. Illustrations.

Synopsis:

Now available for the first time in trade paperback, the bestselling 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 three hundred men were killed upon impact; close to nine hundred sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they struggled to stay alive, battered by a savage sea and fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time help arrived--nearly four days and nights later--all but 317 men had died. How did the navy fail to realize the Indianapolis was missing? Why was the cruiser traveling unescorted in enemy waters? And 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 this harrowing chapter of World War II history--already a bestseller in its hardcover and mass market editions--In Harm's Way is a classic tale of war, survival, and extraordinary courage.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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

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mary coleman, December 30, 2006 (view all comments by mary coleman)
In Harm's Way is an amazing,shocking and little known tragedy of WWII.Almost 900 sailors were thrown into the sea after their ship was torpedoed.Only 314 survived five days in shark infested waters.Help was close at hand and had been called for but these young men were slowly picked off by thirst,sun and the relentless sharks.
The story drew little attention because it coincided with the Hiroshima bombing.The shameful loss of young lives and the later impact on the survivor's lives makes this an important and touching book.One of the sailors was the inspiration for the character Quint in "Jaws".
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805066326
Subtitle:
The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
Afterword:
Stanton, Doug
Author:
Stanton, Doug
Afterword:
Stanton, Doug
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Location:
New York
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military - Naval
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Shipwrecks
Subject:
World War, 19
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
106-988
Publication Date:
20030501
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 8-pp bandw inserts, 15 bandw illustrat
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Product details 384 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805066326 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Doug Stanton has done this country a service by bringing the incredible yet almost-forgotten story of the USS Indianapolis to heart-pounding life. Do yourself a favor. Read In Harm's Way." James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers
"Review" by , "For millions of people everywhere, World War II had moments, hours, days of horror and terror. For Captain Charles McVay and his crew, their five days in the ocean were gruesome and terrible almost beyond description. But through painstaking research and a brilliant use of oral history, Doug Stanton has told the tale. He writes carefully and judiciously, with a sense of timing and an eye for the right detail, to make this the most frightening book I've ever read." Stephen E. Ambrose, author of Nothing Like It in the World
"Review" by , "In Harm's Way is a stunning book. The story of the USS Indianapolis is one of the most harrowing tales of World War II — and Doug Stanton takes you through every terrifying moment in a vivid and utterly memorable account." Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation
"Review" by , "A thoroughly researched, powerfully written account of a nightmare at sea, one of the most poignant tragedies and injustices of World War II. I was struck throughout by the extraordinary heroism of the marines and sailors who survived, all the more remarkable because they do not see it in themselves."
"Review" by , "A haunting story of valor, iniquity, and young men in peril on the sea. Once the Indianapolis steams into the crosshairs of the Japanese submarine I-58, In Harm's Way is impossible to put down. Doug Stanton's account of the Indy's sinking and the harrowing aftermath is as infuriating, mesmerizing, and heartbreaking as any tale yet told of the great war in the Pacific." Rick Atkinson, author of The Long Gray Line and Crusade
"Synopsis" by , Stanton pens a harrowing, adrenaline-charged account of America's worst naval disaster and of the heroism of the men who, against all odds, survived. Interweaving stories of men who were there, he relates the events of July 30, 1945, when the USS "Indianapolis" was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. Two 8-page photo inserts. Illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , Now available for the first time in trade paperback, the bestselling 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 three hundred men were killed upon impact; close to nine hundred sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they struggled to stay alive, battered by a savage sea and fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time help arrived--nearly four days and nights later--all but 317 men had died. How did the navy fail to realize the Indianapolis was missing? Why was the cruiser traveling unescorted in enemy waters? And 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 this harrowing chapter of World War II history--already a bestseller in its hardcover and mass market editions--In Harm's Way is a classic tale of war, survival, and extraordinary courage.

"Synopsis" by ,
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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