I have read many books and articles on the subject of the tragic lose of USS Indianapolis. "Abandon Ship", "Fatal Voyage", "All the Drowned Sailors" are all outstanding books, as is the latest to tell the story of Americas greatest at sea naval disaster "In Harms Way".
It is written in a style that will captivate you, I received my copy on a Saturday evening and finished its 300 plus pages Sunday night. And that is with taking time out for church and visiting my father in the hospital Sunday afternoon for about three hours.
It is primarily centered on the stories of three prominent survivors, Capt. Charles Butler McVay III, Private Giles McCoy and Dr. Lewis Haynes. Their heart wrenching tales come alive in this book as in no other that I have read before. Most memorable is Dr. Haynes telling of the men in his group going insane and attacking one another leaving 50 dead within minutes. And of men being torn apart by sharks just as their rescue was imminent, or of their drowning in a frenzy of excitement as aircraft zoom overhead dropping life vest and rafts.
This book also recounts Capt. McVay's final day, recreating the events leading up to his taking of his own life.
Finally, and most importantly, "In Harms Way" draws no punches in pointing out those who were really at fault in this tragedy. It tells for the first time, to my knowledge, in a published work of the receipt of distress signals broadcast from the Indy as she sank.
"In Harms Way" has received praise from no less than Stephen E. Ambrose, renowned author on World War II subjects, so any praise of mine would pale in comparison. I will just say that if you were only to read one book on the subject you could do little wrong in selecting "In Harms Way" as that book. Thank you Mr. Stanton.