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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

Henry Holt and Co.

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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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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"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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • 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 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

    Massachussetts Book Award - Winner
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