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Fatal Voyage: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis [Paperback]

Item : Fatal Voyage: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis [Paperback]
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Author Author : Kurzman, Dan
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0767906780
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780767906784
Publisher Publisher : Broadway Books
Pages Pages : 416
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100192586

Shortly after midnight on July 30, 1945, the Navy cruiser USSIndianapoliswas 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, theIndianapoliserupted 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 theIndianapoliswas missing. Help would not arrive for another five days.

Drawn from definitive interviews with key figures,Fatal Voyagerecounts 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: TheIndianapolis’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 byIndianapolissurvivors and their supporters to win public vindication for Captain McVay, this classic is restored, along with memories of theIndianapoliscrew."Mr. Kurzman’s description of theIndianapolis…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."
--People
Dan Kurzman, a former foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, is the author of 16 books and the winner of five major literary and journalistic awards. His books incllCh

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