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'Extraordinary...serious naval history and a detective story, told
with passion.' The Times 'Vividly detailed...compelling yet
comprehensive.' Los Angeles Times 'Simply outstanding.' Booklist
(starred review) 'Gripping... This yarn has it all.' USA Today The
sinking of the USS Indianapolis is still the biggest single loss of
life at sea to be suffered by the United States navy. From a crew
of 1,196 men, only 317 survived. Torpedoed by the Japanese, dying
of thirst and eaten by sharks. For 70 years, the story of the USS
Indianapolis has been told as a sinking story, or a shark story, or
a story of military justice gone awry. But in Indianapolis, the
true story of this mighty vessel is revealed. As the USS Arizona
embodies the beginning of the Pacific war, the USS Indianapolis
embodies its fiery end. From its bridge, Admiral Raymond Spruance
devised and executed the island-hopping campaign that decimated
Japan's Navy and Army. Its crew led the fleet from Pearl Harbour to
the islands of Japan, notching an unbroken string of victories in
an exotic and uncharted theatre of war. When the time came for
President Harry S. Truman to deal Japan the decisive blow,
Indianapolis answered the call. And super-spy Major Robert S.
Furman climbed aboard, secreting the components of the world's
first atomic bomb. Four days after delivering her ominous cargo to
the island of Tinian, the Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese
submarine, with nearly 900 men lost. The captain, Charles B. McVay
III, was wrongly court-martialled for negligence over the sinking.
Decades after these events, the survivors of the Indianapolis, as
well as the Japanese submarine commander who sank it, joined
together to finally exonerate McVay.
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