In Harm's Way - Doug Stanton

In Harm's Way

By Doug Stanton

  • Release Date: 2003-05-01
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
From 71 Ratings


A harrowing, adrenaline-charged account of America's worst naval disaster -- and of the heroism of the men who, against all odds, survived.

On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time rescue arrived, all but 317 men had died. The captain's subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered: How did the navy fail to realize the Indianapolis was missing? Why was the cruiser traveling unescorted in enemy waters? And perhaps most amazing of all, how did these 317 men manage to survive?

Interweaving the stories of three survivors -- the captain, the ship's doctor, and a young marine -- journalist Doug Stanton has brought this astonishing human drama to life in a narrative that is at once immediate and timeless. The definitive account of a little-known chapter in World War II history, In Harm's Way is destined to become a classic tale of war, survival, and extraordinary courage.


  • Spellbinding

    By Phisto Phury
    Chilling book. Sometimes you forget to breathe. Its like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Literally.
  • Grit

    By The Truth (VA)
    These men had it. Bravery and determination in the worst situation imaginable. It's hard to put into words the experience these men went through, but the author definitely did exactly that. A well told and riveting story to be sure.
  • In harm's way

    By puzzygato
    Best story ever told. Sad, inspirational, vivid, truly a work at literature from the most epic experience a human being could encounter. Bravery, honor and the ultimate sacrifice for liberty. Thank you. Forever my heroes.