In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors (Paperback)

In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors By Doug Stanton Cover Image
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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.

About the Author

Doug Stanton is a #1 New York Times bestselling author whose writing has appeared in Esquire, The New York Times, TIME, The Washington Post, and other national publications. The bestselling In Harm’s Way was included in the US Navy’s required reading list for naval officers. His book Horse Soldiers is the basis for the movie 12 Strong, starring Chris Hemsworth. Stanton lectures nationally and has appeared on national TV and radio. He and Anne Stanton provided an initial donation for the publication of Only 316 Survived, and founded a scholarship program benefiting grandchildren of the USS Indianapolis crew.

Praise For…

“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780805073669
ISBN-10: 0805073663
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: May 1st, 2003
Pages: 384
Language: English