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Fatal Voyage

The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: History, Military
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Shortly after midnight on July 30, 1945, the navy cruiser USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea. The ship had just left the island of Tinian, delivering components of the atomic bomb destined for Hiroshima. As the torpedoes hit, the Indianapolis erupted into a fiery coffin, sinking in less than 15 minutes and leaving 900 crewmen fighting for life in shark-infested waters. They expected a swift, routine rescue, unaware that the navy high command didn't even realize that the Indianapolis was missing. Help would not arrive for another five days.

Drawn from definitive interviews with key figures, Fatal Voyage recounts the horrific events endured as the number of water-treading survivors dwindled to just 316. Each gruesome day brought more madness and slow death from explosion-related injuries, dehydration, and, most terrifying of all, shark attacks. But the pain did not end when the men finally returned home: The Indianapolis's commander, Captain Charles B. McVay III, was court-martialed for causing the clearly unavoidable disaster.

With a new afterword chronicling the 55-year campaign by Indianapolis survivors and their supporters to win public vindication for Captain McVay, this classic is restored, along with memories of the Indianapolis crew.

©2008 Dan Kurzman (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Mr. Kurzman's description of the Indianapolis...lingers in the memory.... A well-told - and disturbing - disaster story." ( New York Times Book Review)
"Kurzman's gripping book paints a...horrible scene. The sinking of the Indianapolis was - and remains - perhaps the most shameful naval disaster in American history." ( People)

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Outstanding book

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants the truth and see historical facts about the US Navy and the selflessness of a band of brothers.

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garbage

the author is a racist, destroys the story, like how he tells he says when the sailor Adolpho was onboard the rescue vessel and they where cleaning the oil off his skin they could never scrub it to be white, im paraphrasing but you get the bias and it made me want to vomit

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Our history

It’s a real shame on our government that it takes so long for the truth to come out. People covering up the truth. Man cannot govern themselves

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  • 01-31-19

Misses the biggest part of the story.

Admittedly, I didn't get to the ends, but got past the rescue of the survivors, and in all that time, there was scanty mention of the one thing which makes the Indianapolis disaster stand out form other maritime disasters, and that is constant shark attacks on the survivors in the water. The few minutes of dialogue in the movie Jaws relays better than any portion of this book the absolute, pitiable horror of the event. True, it conveys well the attricious predicament of being toepedoed in and escaping a sinking ship, but once into the water, the true nightmare of the endless shark attacks is hardly mentioned, the author preferring to concentrate on the ruminations of the survivors he never directly quotes. Everything is interpreted in a more novelistic style than I'm personally comfortable with. Unless directly quoted, I'm never sure how much of the narrative is imagines by the author.

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  • janien
  • 04-23-18

The sharks were just a small part of this tragedy.

I came to this book after watching the pretty poor Hollywood interpretation of this WW2 horrific sinking. The film focuses on the horrifying shark attacks and not on the effects of relentless sun and drinking seawater on rapidly dehydrating sailors stuck for days in the ocean as also occurred.

There was the failure to recognise the US Indianapolis was missing and the shameful Court Martial of the Captain.

A great read and production that filled in the gaps of the movie. Interesting and easy to listen to.

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  • 01-01-18

Incredible <br />

Incredible. This story of to Captain McViegh and USS Indianapolis has strong similarities to what happened to the Captain's of HMAS Melbourne and the court marshals regarding Melboures involvement in the sinkings of U.S.S. Frank E Evans and H.M.A.S VOYAGER.