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In Harm's Way: the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of its Survivors.

Doug Stanton. 2001. Read by Grover Gardner. 6 tapes, 7.66 hrs: Sound Library, Chivers North America. 0-7927-2511-5. $69.95. Vinyl binder; content, author, reader notes. SA

After delivering its secret cargo of uranium to Tinian in July 1945, the Indianapolis began its journey from Guam to Leyte. A Japanese submarine torpedoed the unescorted American warship far out in the Philippine Sea. Only 317 of almost 1200 men on the ship survived the sinking and some four days adrift in a sea of oil, sharks, disintegrating bodies and tortured minds. "Why weren't they looking for us?" was Captain Charles McVay's anguished thought as distress signals went unheeded. McVay was unjustly court-martialed, according to his remaining crew and public opinion.

This narrative stands out for its detail of life on a large ship, unresponsive military command, and the horrific torture that was created by the delayed rescue. Adolescents and adults who hear this clear and empathetic reading should appreciate particularly the poignant vignettes of individual survivors who reveal both agony and heroism in war. Maureen K. Griffin, Researcher, Everett, MA
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Author:Griffin, Maureen K.
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Article Type:Audiobook Review
Date:May 1, 2002
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