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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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.

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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, Outside, and Men’s 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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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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Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
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

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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e-Book Agency
Henry Holt and Co.
May 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466818781
ISBN10: 1466818786
384 pages, Includes 2 8-page black-and-white picture sections, 14 black-and-white illustrations, and printed end papers
$9.99
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