In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
In Harm's Way The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors Author:Doug Stanton 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 ... more »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.« less
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"In Harm's Way" is THE MOST detailed account of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. But the story does not end at the rescue. It gives the later in life accounts of the survivors. For anyone into History, this is a MUST read!! I couldn't put it down, until I was finished!
I would suggest you not start this book until you have time to spare because you will not want to put it down. This is a story of a terrible tragedy, suffering, pain, and survival. It is also an account of a huge mistake by the U.S.Navy in its' handling of a great Naval Officer, Capt. Charles Butler McVay. I have the hardbound copy and would not part with it. This book is a must for your library. It is laced with heros, one of which was wrongly court martialed.
The story is riveting...because Stanton tells it simply, through the men who lived it. The writing conveys the terror of the shark attacks with piercing detail. Anyone interested in World War II history should read this book.
Well written, harrowing tale of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the errors that led to a delay in the rescue. Particularly touching and appalling were the accounts of the sailors left floating in the ocean for days, fighting delirium, dehydration, sharks and each other.
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Outstanding. The author draws you into every aspect of the story right through to the epilogue which left me in tears.
A fascinating account of one of the greatest (and most unknown) tragedies of WWII. I was often reading, dumbfounded at the series of incompetent mistakes the US Navy made over and over. Definitely a must-read. Once I got to the part with the sharks, I simply couldn't put it down and had to read to the end. I cannot fathom how these men managed to survive. Loved it and am eager to read more about the South Pacific aspect of WWII.
Wow, what an ordeal these brave men went through. I had to skim a few parts in the beginning, but once the ship starts to sink you can't believe what they have to deal with and the Navy's incompetence that is totally covered up. Stuff like this should be in the
history books. I think it was a good read and was glad that I too now know the story of these Americans!
This is the best book I have read describing the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, at the end of World War II. The author has done extensive research and interviewed the remaining survivors. The book also looks into what went wrong and why no one knew the Indianapolis was missing. The captain of the Indianapolis was the only US captain of a navy ship to be court martialed for his ship being sunk during the war. I couldn't put the book down. Anyone interested in World War II and American History will enjoy this book.