Fatal Voyage: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis Paperback – 14 Aug 2001
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"Mr. Kurzman's description of the Indianapolis...lingers in the memory...A well-told-and disturbing-disaster story."
--New York Times Book Review
From the Inside Flap
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.
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Ignore the bad reviews this book covers the events leading up to and after the attack in such riviting detail you are left in no doubt about how the original survivors suffered. An excellent account of a tragic event.
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Great book about a horrible event!
8 November 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
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Dan Kurzman was a man on a mission when he wrote, FATAL VOYAGE: The Sinking Of The USS Indianapolis! 300 men were rescued out of approximately 1500! It took 4 days after the sinking by a Japanese submarine,for an accidental spotting of the survivors in the water! And how the Navy covered up the mistakes of the higher ups by sacrificing Capt. McVay the commamder of the ship! The author took it to the clearing of Capt. McVay, but after his suicide! A MUST-READ!
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I would have given this book 5 stars if I hadn't read Doug Stanton's 'In Harms Way' first. Both are excellent books and should be required in high school history classes!!! Loved both books.
14 January 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Story that has been too long covered up. Shows ...
31 August 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Story that has been too long covered up. Shows the true side of the top echelon of American service people and their utter regard for those who really do the work!
3 February 2018 - Published on Amazon.com