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"The worst part...wasn't the sharks, and it wasn't seeing your buddies die...It was when you realize...they've forgotten us. We can't last out here forever-- we're gonna die..."--Giles McCoy, private first-class, USMC, USS "Indianapolis"
On the night of July 30, 1945, the Navy cruiser USS "Indianapolis" was torpedoed by a Japanese sub, sending 900 men into the black, churning waters of the Pacific. What happened next was a nightmarish battle for survival. Injured, adrift, clinging to each other and their waterlogged life rafts, the men watched in horror as their crewmates fell victim to catastrophic injuries, exposure, hallucinations, and relentless shark attacks. Worst of all, their last radio S.O.S. had been disregarded by the Navy as a possible prank. When help finally arrived an astonishing five days later, only 317 of the ship's crew were still alive. Meticulously researched, including eyewitness reports from USS "Indianapolis" survivors, "In Harm's Way "recounts with frightening accuracy those five harrowing days at sea, and gives readers a moving, unforgettable account of the worst naval disaster at sea in U.S. history.

About the Author

A former contributing editor at "Esquire" and "Outside," Doug Stanton is now a contributing editor at "Men's Journal." He received an M.F.A. from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. He lives in northern Michigan. An international bestseller, " In Harm's Way" has been translated into German, Japanese, Danish, and Italian, and optioned by Warner Brothers to be made into a major motion picture.

"In Harm's Way" was a "Publishers Weekly" Notable Book of the Year, a Barnes and Editor's Pick, an Amazon Historical Bestseller, and was chosen by" Book" magazine as "One of the ten who made it big."

Praise For…

"Stellar...A gut-wrenching story of everyday heroes."--New York Post

"Gripping...Compelling."--Chicago Tribune

"Powerful...One of the most poignant tragedies and injustices of World War II."--Mark Bowden

"Infuriating, mesmerizing, and heartbreaking...Impossible to put down."--Rick Atkinson

"The most frightening book I've ever read."--Stephen Ambrose

"A chilling account."--The Atlantic Journal-Constitution

"Do yourself a favor. Read In Harm's Way."--James Bradley

"Stanton has created a war story that is part Titanic, part Stephen King nightmare."--Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312983376
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: May 1st, 2002
Pages: 354