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Fatal Voyage
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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.
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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 include Fatal Voyage: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis; Left to Die: The Tragedy of the USS Juneau; and Genesis 1948: The First Arab-Israeli War. He lives in North Bergen, New Jersey.

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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 "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

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