In Harm's Way - Doug Stanton

In Harm's Way

By Doug Stanton

  • Release Date: 2003-05-01
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
From 97 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.


  • The best storyline of this historical tragedy

    By All for Dreaming
    Anyone who reads this will cry and have more gratitude for all who serve to protect the freedoms of our United States.
  • Review from a Sailor

    By Ricky2640
    As a teenager, I had never even considered the fact of joining the military. Everything about it scared me. Being shot, being bombed, being sunk on a ship. All those were true fears of mine. One weekend, at a party; talking to a army veteran, I made a rather impulsive decision and by the end of that week, I was making dates to go to MEPS with the US Navy. Events like the ones that occurred in this tragic disaster always were in the back of my mind. But they all seem like silly things that never had happened before. I didn’t hear about the Indianapolis story until boot camp. It terrified me about what I had signed up for, and never really went further into wanting to know about it. What convinced me to read this book was the incredible peers I worked under. The family of brothers and sisters I had never met before but who I would give my life for if need be. My first DIVO was a Purple Heart recipient because he was in the USS Cole attack. The stories and inspiration that, now retired LTCDR Bloodsaw, gave me where where I truly felt now as part of the ranks. Every tragic event involving the US Navy now felt personal. This book highlights the team and strength that we embody, and although extremely unfortunate, it’s something that we learned from hopefully. I just can’t say how amazing this book is and how it made me feel more pride and willingness to do more to fight the fight for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice before us. Hooyah US Navy, may god have those sounds of my shipmates by his side and may god bless those still alive and may god bless the United States Navy. -JEV
  • 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.