In Harm's Way

The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors

Doug Stanton

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"The worst part...wasn't the sharks, and it wasn't seeing your buddies die...It was when you realize...they've forgotten us. We can't last out here forever-- we're gonna die..."--Giles McCoy, private first-class, USMC, USS Indianapolis

On the night of July 30, 1945, the Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese sub, sending 900 men into the black, churning waters of the Pacific. What happened next was a nightmarish battle for survival. Injured, adrift, clinging to each other and their waterlogged life rafts, the men watched in horror as their crewmates fell victim to catastrophic injuries, exposure, hallucinations, and relentless shark attacks. Worst of all, their last radio S.O.S. had been disregarded by the Navy as a possible prank. When help finally arrived an astonishing five days later, only 317 of the ship's crew were still alive. Meticulously researched, including eyewitness reports from USS Indianapolis survivors, In Harm's Way recounts with frightening accuracy those five harrowing days at sea, and gives readers a moving, unforgettable account of the worst naval disaster at sea in U.S. history.

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IN HARM'S WAY
PART ONESAILING TO WARCHAPTER ONEAll AboardDad, there's a war to be won out there, and I'm going out to get this thing cleaned up. I'll be back shortly.--ED BROWN, seaman first-class, USS IndianapolisSUNDAY, JULY 15, 1945San Francisco, CaliforniaThe ship was still tied up in the harbor at Mare Island, but already the captain felt it was drifting out of his control.Marching up the gangway of the vessel under his command, the USS Indianapolis, Captain Charles McVay was a man perplexed. Reaching the top, he turned toward the stern, saluted the flag, and strode on through the bronze

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Praise for In Harm's Way

"Stellar...A gut-wrenching story of everyday heroes."--New York Post

"Gripping...Compelling."--Chicago Tribune

"Powerful...One of the most poignant tragedies and injustices of World War II."--Mark Bowden

"Infuriating, mesmerizing, and heartbreaking...Impossible to put down."--Rick Atkinson

"The most frightening book I've ever read."--Stephen Ambrose

"A chilling account."--The Atlantic Journal-Constitution

"Do yourself a favor. Read In Harm's Way."--James Bradley

"Stanton has created a war story that is part Titanic, part Stephen King nightmare."--Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Doug Stanton

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 northern Michigan. An international bestseller, In Harm's Way has been translated into German, Japanese, Danish, and Italian, and optioned by Warner Brothers to be made into a major motion picture.

In Harm's Way was a Publishers Weekly Notable Book of the Year, a Barnes and Noble.com Editor's Pick, an Amazon Historical Bestseller, and was chosen by Book magazine as "One of the ten who made it big."

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

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Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
May 2002
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312983376
ISBN10: 0312983379
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 354 pages, Black-and-white illustrations throughout
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805073669
ISBN10: 0805073663
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages, Includes 2 8-page black-and-white picture sections, 14 black-and-white illustrations, and printed end papers
$16.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
May 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466818781
ISBN10: 1466818786
360 pages, Includes 2 8-page black-and-white picture sections, 14 black-and-white illustrations, and printed end papers
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