Indianapolis: The True Story Of The Worst Sea Disaster In U.s. Naval History And The Fifty-year Fight To Exonerate An Innocent Man

Indianapolis: The True Story Of The Worst Sea Disaster In U.s. Naval History And The Fifty-year Fight To Exonerate An Innocent Man

Synopsis

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “GRIPPING…THIS YARN HAS IT ALL.” —USA TODAY • “A WONDERFUL BOOK.” —Christian Science Monitor • “ENTHRALLING.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) • “A MUST-READ.” —Booklist (starred review)

A human drama unlike any other—the riveting and definitive full story of the worst sea disaster in United States naval history.

Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, days after delivering the components of the atomic bomb from California to the Pacific Islands in the most highly classified naval mission of the war, USS Indianapolis is sailing alone in the center of the Philippine Sea when she is struck by two Japanese torpedoes. The ship is instantly transformed into a fiery cauldron and sinks within minutes. Some 300 men go down with the ship. Nearly 900 make it into the water alive. For the next five nights and four days, almost three hundred miles from the nearest land, the men battle injuries, sharks, dehydration, insanity, and eventually each other. Only 316 will survive.

For the better part of a century, the story of USS Indianapolis has been understood as a sinking tale. The reality, however, is far more complicated—and compelling. Now, for the first time, thanks to a decade of original research and interviews with 107 survivors and eyewit­nesses, Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic tell the complete story of the ship, her crew, and their final mission to save one of their own.

It begins in 1932, when Indianapolis is christened and launched as a ship of state for President Franklin Roosevelt. After Pearl Harbor, Indianapolis leads the charge to the Pacific Islands, notching an unbroken string of victories in an uncharted theater of war. Then, under orders from President Harry Truman, the ship takes aboard a superspy and embarks on her final world-changing mission: delivering the core of the atomic bomb to the Pacific for the strike on Hiroshima. Vincent and Vladic provide a visceral, moment-by-moment account of the disaster that unfolds days later after the Japanese torpedo attack, from the chaos on board the sinking ship to the first moments of shock as the crew plunge into the remote waters of the Philippine Sea, to the long days and nights during which terror and hunger morph into delusion and desperation, and the men must band together to survive.

Then, for the first time, the authors go beyond the men’s rescue to chronicle Indianapolis’s extraordinary final mission: the survivors’ fifty-year fight for justice on behalf of their skipper, Captain Charles McVay III, who is wrongly court-martialed for the sinking. What follows is a captivating courtroom drama that weaves through generations of American presidents, from Harry Truman to George W. Bush, and forever entwines the lives of three captains—McVay, whose life and career are never the same after the scandal; Mochitsura Hashimoto, the Japanese sub commander who sinks Indianapolis but later joins the battle to exonerate McVay; and William Toti, the captain of the modern-day submarine Indianapolis, who helps the survivors fight to vindicate their captain.

A sweeping saga of survival, sacrifice, justice, and love, Indianapolis stands as both groundbreaking naval history and spellbinding narrative—and brings the ship and her heroic crew back to full, vivid, unforgettable life. It is the definitive account of one of the most remarkable episodes in American history.

Chapters

  • Indianapolis 001 Title
    Duration: 42s
  • Indianapolis 002 Dedication
    Duration: 07s
  • Indianapolis 003 Prologue
    Duration: 04min
  • Indianapolis 004 Book 1 Chapter 1
    Duration: 17min
  • Indianapolis 005 Book 1 Chapter 2
    Duration: 14min
  • Indianapolis 006 Book 1 Chapter 3
    Duration: 12min
  • Indianapolis 007 Book 1 Chapter 4
    Duration: 08min
  • Indianapolis 008 Book 1 Chapter 5
    Duration: 17min
  • Indianapolis 009 Book 1 Chapter 6
    Duration: 13min
  • Indianapolis 010 Book 1 Chapter 7
    Duration: 11min
  • Indianapolis 011 Book 1 Chapter 8
    Duration: 10min
  • Indianapolis 012 Book 1 Chapter 9
    Duration: 04min
  • Indianapolis 013 Book 1 Chapter 10
    Duration: 11min
  • Indianapolis 014 Book 1 Chapter 11
    Duration: 11min
  • Indianapolis 015 Book 1 Chapter 12
    Duration: 09min
  • Indianapolis 016 Book 1 Chapter 13
    Duration: 06min
  • Indianapolis 017 Book 1 Chapter 14
    Duration: 09min
  • Indianapolis 018 Book 1 Chapter 15
    Duration: 14min
  • Indianapolis 019 Book 1 Chapter 16
    Duration: 10min
  • Indianapolis 020 Book 1 Chapter 17
    Duration: 25min
  • Indianapolis 021 Book 2 Chapter 1
    Duration: 10min
  • Indianapolis 022 Book 2 Chapter 2
    Duration: 08min
  • Indianapolis 023 Book 2 Chapter 3
    Duration: 06min
  • Indianapolis 024 Book 2 Chapter 4
    Duration: 09min
  • Indianapolis 025 Book 2 Chapter 5
    Duration: 12min
  • Indianapolis 026 Book 2 Chapter 6
    Duration: 07min
  • Indianapolis 027 Book 2 Chapter 7
    Duration: 09min
  • Indianapolis 028 Book 2 Chapter 8
    Duration: 12min
  • Indianapolis 029 Book 2 Chapter 9
    Duration: 17min
  • Indianapolis 030 Book 2 Chapter 10
    Duration: 11min
  • Indianapolis 031 Book 2 Chapter 11
    Duration: 07min
  • Indianapolis 032 Book 2 Chapter 12
    Duration: 16min
  • Indianapolis 033 Book 2 Chapter 13
    Duration: 17min
  • Indianapolis 034 Book 2 Chapter 14
    Duration: 08min
  • Indianapolis 035 Book 2 Chapter 15
    Duration: 11min
  • Indianapolis 036 Book 2 Chapter 16
    Duration: 12min
  • Indianapolis 037 Book 2 Chapter 17
    Duration: 09min
  • Indianapolis 038 Book 2 Chapter 18
    Duration: 11min
  • Indianapolis 039 Book 2 Chapter 19
    Duration: 12min
  • Indianapolis 040 Book 2 Chapter 20
    Duration: 28min
  • Indianapolis 041 Book 3 Chapter 1
    Duration: 18min
  • Indianapolis 042 Book 3 Chapter 2
    Duration: 23min
  • Indianapolis 043 Book 3 Chapter 3
    Duration: 12min
  • Indianapolis 044 Book 3 Chapter 4
    Duration: 11min
  • Indianapolis 045 Book 3 Chapter 5
    Duration: 19min
  • Indianapolis 046 Book 3 Chapter 6
    Duration: 10min
  • Indianapolis 047 Book 3 Chapter 7
    Duration: 19min
  • Indianapolis 048 Book 3 Chapter 8
    Duration: 10min
  • Indianapolis 049 Book 3 Chapter 9
    Duration: 10min
  • Indianapolis 050 Book 3 Chapter 10
    Duration: 12min
  • Indianapolis 051 Book 3 Chapter 11
    Duration: 13min
  • Indianapolis 052 Book 3 Chapter 12
    Duration: 09min
  • Indianapolis 053 Book 3 Chapter 13
    Duration: 09min
  • Indianapolis 054 Book 3 Chapter 14
    Duration: 14min
  • Indianapolis 055 Book 3 Chapter 15
    Duration: 16min
  • Indianapolis 056 Book 3 Chapter 16
    Duration: 08min
  • Indianapolis 057 Book 3 Chapter 17
    Duration: 08min
  • Indianapolis 058 Book 3 Chapter 18
    Duration: 20min
  • Indianapolis 059 Book 3 Chapter 19
    Duration: 29min
  • Indianapolis 060 Book 4 Chapter 1
    Duration: 18min
  • Indianapolis 061 Book 4 Chapter 2
    Duration: 15min
  • Indianapolis 062 Book 4 Chapter 3
    Duration: 22min
  • Indianapolis 063 Book 4 Chapter 4
    Duration: 12min
  • Indianapolis 064 Book 4 Chapter 5
    Duration: 16min
  • Indianapolis 065 Book 4 Chapter 6
    Duration: 12min
  • Indianapolis 066 Book 4 Chapter 7
    Duration: 12min
  • Indianapolis 067 Book 4 Chapter 8
    Duration: 18min
  • Indianapolis 068 Book 4 Chapter 9
    Duration: 08min
  • Indianapolis 069 Book 4 Chapter 10
    Duration: 12min
  • Indianapolis 070 Book 4 Chapter 11
    Duration: 06min
  • Indianapolis 071 Book 4 Chapter 12
    Duration: 24min
  • Indianapolis 072 Book 4 Chapter 13
    Duration: 10min
  • Indianapolis 073 Book 4 Chapter 14
    Duration: 09min
  • Indianapolis 074 Book 4 Chapter 15
    Duration: 37min
  • Indianapolis 075 Book 5 Chapter 1
    Duration: 16min
  • Indianapolis 076 Book 5 Chapter 2
    Duration: 17min
  • Indianapolis 077 Book 5 Chapter 3
    Duration: 21min
  • Indianapolis 078 Book 5 Chapter 4
    Duration: 12min
  • Indianapolis 079 Book 5 Chapter 5
    Duration: 07min
  • Indianapolis 080 Book 5 Chapter 6
    Duration: 21min
  • Indianapolis 081 July 2005
    Duration: 15min
  • Indianapolis 082 Final Log Entry
    Duration: 16min
  • Indianapolis 083 Appendix B
    Duration: 07min
  • Indianapolis 084 Methodology
    Duration: 08min
  • Indianapolis 085 Credits
    Duration: 01min

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