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 316 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 316 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 a classic tale of war, survival, and extraordinary courage.
“Gripping . . . Compelling.”—Chicago Tribune
“A chilling account.”—The Atlantic Journal-Constitution
“Stanton has created a war story that is part Titanic, part Stephen King nightmare.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Stellar . . . A gut-wrenching story of everyday heroes.”—New York Post
“Always a classic and now even better—a masterful account of one of history's most poignant and tragic secrets.”—Lee Child
“Infuriating, mesmerizing, and heartbreaking . . . Impossible to put down.”—Rick Atkinson
“Powerful . . . One of the most poignant tragedies and injustices of World War II.”—Mark Bowden
“Do yourself a favor. Read In Harm's Way.”—James Bradley
Reviews from Goodreads
Dad, there’s a war to be won out there,
and I’m going out to get this thing cleaned up.
I’ll be back shortly.
seaman first-class, USS Indianapolis