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In Harm's Way

The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
Stanton, Doug (Book - 2001 )
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Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the worst disaster in U.S. naval history, describing heroism in the face of persistant shark attacks and hypothermia after the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis in the South Pacific in the final days of World War II.

McMillan Palgrave
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.


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The nation's worst naval disaster is vividly chronicled, exposing extreme heroism in the face of persistent shark attacks and hypothermia in the aftermath of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine during the final days of World War II. 100,000 first printing.

Authors: Stanton, Doug
Statement of Responsibility: Doug Stanton
Title: In harm's way
the sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the extraordinary story of its survivors
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, c2001
Characteristics: 333 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Subject Headings: Shipwrecks Pacific Ocean World War, 1939-1945 Naval operations, American Indianapolis (Cruiser)
Topical Term: Shipwrecks
World War, 1939-1945
LCCN: 00068254
ISBN: 0805066322
Branch Call Number: 940.5459 S
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Chronicles the sinking of the USS Indianapolis - the worst disaster in U.S. naval history - including the persistant shark attacks, hypothermia, and exposure (which was actually more deadly than the sharks).


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