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Abandon Ship! The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis,...

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...the Navy's Greatest Sea Disaster

Authors:
Richard F. Newcomb, Peter Maas (Introduction and Afterword); Format: Hardcover; ISBN: 006018471X; Publisher: HarperCollins; Release Date: 2001; List Price: $25.00; Length: 326 pages. Condition: Very Good. No dust jacket, and cover shows a bit of wear. Otherwise binding is strong and pages are unmarked. Same cover design as that shown here.

Synopsis:

She was a ship of destiny. Sailing across the Pacific, the battle-scarred heavy cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis had just delivered a secret cargo that would trigger the end of World War II. As she was continuing westward, her captain asked for a destroyer escort. He was told it wasn't necessary. But it was. She was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine. In twelve minutes, some 300 men went down with her. More than 900 others spent four horrific days and five nights in the ocean with no water to drink, savaged by a pitiless sun and swarms of sharks. Incredibly, nobody knew they were out until a Navy patrol plane accidentally discovered them. Miraculously, 316 crewmen still survived. How could this have happened, and why? This updated edition of Abandon Ship!, with a new introduction and afterword by Peter Maas, supplies the chilling answer. Originally published in 1958, Abandon Ship! was the first book to describe, in vivid detail, the unspeakable ordeal the survivors of the Indianapolis endured. It was also the first book to scrutinize the role of the U.S. Navy in the Indianapolis saga, especially in the cruel aftermath of the rescue when Captain Charles Butler McVay III was court-martialed and convicted of "hazarding" his ship.

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