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Fatal Voyage : The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis - Dan Kurzman

Fatal Voyage

The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis

Paperback Published: 14th August 2001
ISBN: 9780767906784
Number Of Pages: 416

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Shortly after midnight on July 30, 1945, the Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea. The ship had just left the island of Tinian, delivering components of the atomic bomb destined for Hiroshima. As the torpedoes hit, the Indianapolis erupted into a fiery coffin, sinking in less than fifteen minutes and leaving nine hundred crewmen fighting for life in shark-infested waters. They expected a swift, routine rescue, unaware that the Navy high command didn’t even realize that the Indianapolis was missing. Help would not arrive for another five days.

Drawn from definitive interviews with key figures, Fatal Voyage recounts the horrific events endured as the number of water-treading survivors dwindled to just 316. Each gruesome day brought more madness and slow death, from explosion-related injuries, dehydration, and, most terrifying of all, shark attacks. But the pain did not end when the men finally returned home: The Indianapolis’s commander, Captain Charles B. McVay III, was court-martialed for causing the clearly unavoidable disaster.

With a new afterword chronicling the fifty-five-year campaign by Indianapolis survivors and their supporters to win public vindication for Captain McVay, this classic is restored, along with memories of the Indianapolis crew.

"Mr. Kurzman's description of the Indianapolis...lingers in the memory...A well-told-and disturbing-disaster story."
--New York Times Book Review

"Kurzman's gripping book paints a...horrible scene. The sinking of the Indianapolis was-and remains-perhaps the most shameful naval disaster in American history."

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Forewordp. xvii
The Victor and the Vanquishedp. 1
The Secret Weaponp. 10
The Heavenly Missionp. 25
Toward the Dawnp. 37
The Merchants of Tranquilityp. 45
An Ordinary Cruisep. 55
Revenge of the Samuraip. 76
Prelude to Madnessp. 110
Under No Commandp. 135
A Way of Lifep. 143
Back from the Brinkp. 168
The Price of Salvationp. 210
For the Good of the Navyp. 248
Toy of Treacheryp. 302
Epiloguep. 327
Afterwordp. 331
Crew of the USS Indianapolisp. 341
Notesp. 360
Bibliographyp. 373
Indexp. 387
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ISBN: 9780767906784
ISBN-10: 0767906780
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 14th August 2001
Publisher: R WYLER & CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.54