In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors

In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors

by Doug Stanton
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In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Tale of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805073669
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/01/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 53,695
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.98(d)
Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)

About the Author

A former contributing editor at Esquire, Outside, and Men's Journal, Doug Stanton received an M.F.A. from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. He lives in Traverse City, Michigan. He is the author of In Harm's Way.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
In Harm¿s Way, written by Doug Stanton, is the story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II. The story begins on July 15, 1945, with the USS Indianapolis anchored at Mare Island, California. The crew of the ship is getting ready to leave on their next mission, carrying a top secret cargo to Tinian Island in the Pacific Ocean. Unknown to the crew of the Indy, on board is the atomic bomb that would end World War II. It is delivered safely to Tinian, without any problems. Following this journey, the USS Indianapolis heads out to the Philippines, hoping to pressure Japan with Navy presence. Unescorted, the Indianapolis travels into enemy waters, and is torpedoed by an enemy submarine. Three hundred men die in the explosion, while approximately nine hundred men escape into the ocean. While in the water, the sailors must fight to survive, battling hunger, thirst, sharks, and hypothermia. In the end, a mere 317 of the original crew of 1,196 survived the disaster. The main message of this book is the story of survival amongst the men of the USS Indianapolis. It is a story of unity amongst crew members, and their struggle to fight death, living to see another day at sea. What I liked about this book was the way that it explains everything that happened to the men of the ship. It makes you feel like you were there, and went through it with them. It is amazing to see what they had to go through, and how much strength and courage it took to survive such a catastrophe. The only thing I disliked about this book was the way it jumped around in time, and was at times unclear of when it was. This was not a major issue, just a slight annoyance. If you are interested in books about World War II, then this book is a great read. It gives specific dates, events, and names of historical figures. Even if you just like to read books on survival, In Harm¿s Way is great because of its detail and ability to captivate the reader with what the men went through. Another good Non-Fiction book to read is Nam, by Mark Baker. This book also gives a great story of teamwork and survival during the Vietnam War. Overall, I give In Harm¿s Way 5/5 stars, for its excellent story, and real life account of the sinking of the Indianapolis. I would recommend this book to everyone, for a great read and an incredible story of endurance and courage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so good! I didn't know anything about the USS Indianapolis- I didn't even know it existed! My aunt gave me the book, and I read it in 3 days. It really makes you think about what people in the military went through during World War II. It's just amazing to me how much strength and will power people have when their life is at risk. I don't usually like non-fiction books, especially about war, but this book was excellent, and I highly recommend reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author did a great job retelling the story of the USS Indianapolis. I found the story so engaging I truly could not put the book down. From beginning to end, this true story carries you on an emotional adventure that persists even after you've read the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am acquainted with one of the army nurses who was on Guam at the time of the Indianapolis' sinking. She recommended this book, and told me that Doug Stanton has told the true story of what happened. I have sent copies of this book to my entire family. My grandchildren are reading it . I was unable to put the book down once I started reading it, and cried all the way through.
MattLovesHabs More than 1 year ago
In Harms Way by Doug Stanton is the gritty story of one of the US navy's most terrible disasters at the end of the Second World War. The book begins with the story of the ship, the USS Indianapolis. A cruiser that has seen her fair share of action and has been in the thick in some of the crucial battles in the pacific campaign. By 1945 she is taken from the front lines to carry out a special to transport a special device to a US base on an island in the pacific. The Indianapolis or the "Indy" known by the crew, sails into waters it assumes are safe, but series of mistakes and communication problems lead to the unthinkable. The ship gets torpedoed and sinks with her crew stranded in the middle of the ocean and the US navy doesn't know anything about it.
The book covers key members of the crew including the Captain Charles McVay, Doctor Lewis Haynes, and many others who survived and offer their personal accounts. The ordeals these men went through is astonishing to read about and makes you really respect all those who serve in uniform.
This is generally a "guy book", if you liked "Band of Brothers" you will definitely like this book. This book is without a doubt a page turner an epic tale of the raw will to survive and the incredible story these men have to tell for the rest of their lives. Now using the "Roger Ebert rating system" I give this book four out of four stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best I have ever read. I knew very little about the USS Indianapolis before I read the book. The book opened my eyes to the horror of what those men had to endure. I find it amazing most people have never even heard about the USS Indianoplis. This book was amazing. I think that everyone should read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best books I have ever read. I had to do a school project on the INDY, and when i read this book, i couldn't believe what these men went through!!! They sacrificed everything for their country. This book covers the story in explicit detail, therefore I would recomend it to anybody interested in history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. It's 288 pages are a fast read, and the book is never boring. It is profoundly moving, a great tribute to the men of the USS Indianapolis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stanton's book is outstanding and gripping. It gives such a new and deep view of WW2 and what our young servicemen were put through while the Navy snubbed it's nose. 600 men and boys lost their lives while in the waters of the Pacific while Navy Officers turned to other matters. I read this book in two days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A well researched and well written book that tell the full story of the sinking of the Indianapolis at the closing months of the Pacific war. Most of the sailors would have perished at sea if rescue has come a day or two later. Captain McVay, throgh mo fault of his, has been make a scapegoat by the Navy authority to cover their mistakes. Captain McVay survive the ordeal at sea but blame himself for the lost of lives and pay the utimate price of taking his own life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this book! If you like to read to find yourself in the midst of a story so powerful, that you feel as if you were there, at that moment, thinking and feeling everything that you read, Read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a don't turn out the lights until you are done!!! The survivor's tell a vivid, horrifying,compassionate tale of what really happened on that day on board the Indianappolis. I am recommending this book to all my friends. Doug Stanton has a new bookfan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book that I have ever read. I read it in 3 days and I never could put it down. It's the only time that's ever happened to me. It is written in great detail about the true story of the US NAVY cover-up and the imoral court-martial on the ships captain that lead him to suicide in 1968 after being stripped of his dignity and honor. I encourage anyone that likes history, books, excitement, or just anything to buy it and read it. You won't regret it. I promise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous 21 days ago
Unbelievable story of survival by the crew of the ship USS Indy. Well written with thought provoking explanations of the heros demise. A must read!
JeannieWalker More than 1 year ago
In Harm’s Way is a riveting account of true, horrific events. It is a shame what happened to this ship and the sailors aboard. It is also a shame what the Navy did to Captain Charles Butler McVay and others that they tried to place the blame on. It is so sad that this courageous captain took his life. I salute this honorable man. It is a miracle at any of these brave mean survived and lived to tell about the horror they went through. I am sure God was with the survivors and wanted the world to know what had happened. This is a riveting book and definitely a page turner. Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author) "Forever in My Heart" - A True Story of Coincidence and Destiny
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This book was just amazing I learn a lot and I would totally tell others to read it. I love how the author got his inforamation from the surivors and didn't just use information in textbooks or internet. He made it more real to me. I could image how they felt, what they were thinking it not just a story, it took me on a jounary.
Civilwarbuff More than 1 year ago
"In Harm's way" is a phenomenal story. Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well documented and well written
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Mr. Stanton does a superb job of weaving historical facts into a cohesive, easy to read narrative. The book contains a great deal of footnotes, with lots of extra information. Good read!