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Publisher's Summary

Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine)

Winner, 2017 APA Audie Awards - History/Biography

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.

©2001 Reed City Productions, LLC.; "Afterword: 2001" copyright 2002 by Reed City Productions, LLC. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"With a delivery like a seasoned storyteller, Mark Boyett makes this riveting story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis even more compelling. The combination of Boyett's reading and the author's straightforward style and heavy use of declarative sentences creates a presentation that will fully engage listeners." (AudioFile)

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Captivating

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.

32 of 33 people found this review helpful

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incredible book

solid reading, solid writing. very hard story to listen to due to the nature of the reality of war.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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A haunting riveting account of survival at sea

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.

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Waltham, MA, United States
  • 07-16-17

Amazing and true naval tale!!!

This nonfiction book is about the sinking of a large navy ship in the Pacific just before the end of World War II. It is an amazing story - riveting, gut-wrenching, and inspiring. It is so well told. It is one of the best tales of survival. It covers ship life so well before the attack, and does a great job telling the tale of the survivors. Even the aftermath is engaging. I was actually in tears at times. The people and incidents come alive in his great and important book. I'll be thinking about this for a long time.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful WW II story

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.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Incredible

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!!

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  • Lynn
  • Montgomery, IN, United States
  • 10-14-16

Indiana native

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!!!

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  • 12-10-16

Heroic and Horrifying

Moves along quite briskly without slighting any of the horrifically brutal suffering and death that go along with war at sea. I enjoyed this book very much.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Well done and well delivered

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.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Facts not Fiction

The story itself is an epic one. Every American should know this tragedy at sea

11 of 13 people found this review helpful