Description - In Harm's Way by Doug Stanton
The USS Indianapolis was the last ship sunk during the Second World War. Savaged by a salvo of torpedoes from a Japanese submarine, the warshsip, one of the fastest in the US Navy, sank in a matter of minutes. One thousand two hundred men went into the water and only 317 were to survive. This is their story. On July 1945, the Indianapolis was returning from the small island of Tinian, having delivered the components of the atom bomb 'baby boy' which was to decimate Hiroshima and bring an end to the war. As the torpedoes ripped into the side of the ship hundreds of men were killed. Those lucky enough to survive in the water were to face extremes of physical and mental hardship. Many were left to float in the ocean with little or no food or drinking water in deteriorating life jackets and, most chillingly of all, open to attacks by sharks. The testimonies of those who lived speak of the extremes of human emotion, incredible courage and unforgettable despair. The visceral experiences of those five days were to haunt them for the rest of their lives. he Indianapolis was captained by the dashing and charasmatic Capt. Butler McVay, and his story is a tragic one. For a captain to
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Doug Stanton has written extensively about politics, travel and celebrities for numerous publications, including Esquire, US, Outside and Men's Journal, where he is currently a contributing writer. In Harm's Way began as a lead feature story in the March 2000 issue of Men's Journal. It led to more letters to the editor than any other piece in the magazine's history. Warner Brothers is currently developing a screenplay based on the book.