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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As the daughter of the 18 year old sole survivor of a torpedoed British merchantman in the North Atlantic in August 1939, I have finally reached an understanding of what my father lived through.
In this well-written, fast-paced account, we learn of the shocking failures in the operating rules of the US naval command in the Pacific theatre while also gaining insights into the context of the times which resulted in the USS Indianapolis disaster going unreported and unnoticed for four days, during which time more than 50% of the initial 800 survivors were lost - from injuries sustained as a result of the torpedo attack or abandoning ship, from exposure, fatigue, starvation and shark attacks.
But we learn something far more important - the resilience of the human spirit and the will to survive and how some have enough to share to help others survive who almost certainly would not have done.
The narrator also did an awesome job.
This audiobook will stay with me for a very long time.
my great grandfather was on the Indianapolis when it sank. This book gave an amazing account of the horrors he went through.
Ever brave and stoic, his simple and happy nature never let on to the hardships these men faced.
Provides a well laid out chronology, in combination with key components of the back story. It gives the reader the opportunity to logically process what happened. Furthermore, the aspects of "who knew what and when did they know it" are clear.
I am so glad I came across this book by accident.....this writer keeps you so interested into the most horrific part of the war for what these poor boys had to go thru in 4 days as well for the rest of their lives...may the Caption forever rest in piece and may his family cherish that he did the best he knew how in a horrible time of his life....it's a must read!!!
Everyone should read this book (or listen to it). The next time you think your days kind of rough at work....think about what these guys went through!!
This book reads like fiction since it is so unbelievable. It tells the little known naval tragedy that happened eleven days before the end of the war. A story of bravery and survival. Also how small errors during war can cause the deaths of so many lives . The narration is excellent as well. Overall one of the best non fiction books I have read in quite some time.
One of the most poignant stories I've ever listened to. The narration is excellent. Before listening to the book we were not aware of the fate of the Indianapolis. This book acquainted us with the incredible sacrifices these men made while in service of our country. I cried for the heartache McVey wrongfully sustained. A wonderful book especially as we celebrate Veterans Day and honor those who serve our country.
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