Abandon Ship!: The Saga of The U.S.S.Indianapolis, the Navy's Greatest Sea Disaster

Abandon Ship!: The Saga of The U.S.S.Indianapolis, the Navy's Greatest Sea Disaster

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Abandon Ship!: The Saga of The U.S.S.Indianapolis, the Navy's Greatest Sea Disaster by Richard F. Newcomb

She was a ship of destiny. Sailing across the Pacific, the battle-scarred heavy cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis had just delivered a secret cargo that would trigger the end of World War II. As she was continuing westward, her captain asked for a destroyer escort. He was told it wasn't necessary.

But it was. She was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine. In twelve minutes, some 300 men went down with her. More than 900 others spent four horrific days and five nights in the ocean with no water to drink, savaged by a pitiless sun and swarms of sharks. Incredibly, nobody knew they were out there until a Navy patrol plane accidentally discovered them. Miraculously, 316 crewmen still survived.

How could this have happened -- and why? This updated edition of Abandon Ship!, with a new introduction and afterword by Peter Maas, supplies the chilling answer.

Originally published in 1958, Abandon Ship! was the first book to describe, in vivid detail, the unspeakable ordeal the survivors of the Indianapolis endured. It was also the first book to scrutinize the role of the U.S. Navy in the Indianapolis saga, especially in the cruel aftermath of the rescue when Captain Charles Butler McVay III was court-maritaled and convicted of "hazarding" his ship.

The bitter controversy over the Navy's handling of this case has raged for decades, with the survivors leading a campaign to set the record straight and exonerate Captain McVay. Peter Maas, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Terrible Hours, reveals facts previously unavailable to Richard Newcomb and chronicles the forty-year crusade to restore the captain's good name, a crusade that started with the publication of this book. He also pays tribute to its author, who dared, ahead of his time, to expose military malfeasance and cover-up, and to inspire a courageous battle to correct a grave miscarriage of justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060959210
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/12/2002
Series: Harper Perennial Series
Edition description: First Perennial Series
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Richard F. Newcomb served as a wartime naval correspondent during World War II and received a Purple Heart. He is a retired news editor of the Associated Press and the author of six books, including Savo, and Iwo Jima.. He lives in Palm Coast, Florida.

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