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

Format: Paperback

Pages: 339

ISBN: 9780805073669

Language: English

Publisher: Owl Books

Release Date: May 01, 2003

Description du Livre

A harrowing, adrenaline-charged account of America's worst naval disaster — and of the heroism of the men who, against all odds, survived. Interweaving the stories of survivors, 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.

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. The captain's subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered: How did the navy fail to realize the Indianapolis was missing? And perhaps most amazing of all, how did these 317 men manage to survive?

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