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Indianapolis

Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

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 300 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’ 50-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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Lynn Vincent (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio UK

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Courage, strength and fortitude

What a story of courage, fortitude and friendship . Men in the most dire circumstances.
How the top brass lie and manipulate and willing to defame an innocent man.
An amazing book that every person should read.

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Fantastic

absolutely loved this book , very poignant and does justice to the valiant men who served on the ship and justice(although belated) to the captain.
This book also helps expose the corrupt activities of the top brass in the US Navy and helps to restore some of the injustices done to the captain

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Very moving

It is wonderful to finally see justice done for this great ship and her brave crew.And not least finally justice done for Captain McVeigh. I have always had great regard for this American cruiser from a young age. And I have great regard for the veterans and lost crew of USS Indianapolis and the horrors that suffered in the water, I am not and American I am British and the story should be told around the world and of the great injustices that were done to this brave ships captain.🇬🇧🤝🇺🇸 respect....

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incredible.

a fascinating account of the terrible event.
it rebuilds the world at the time to make you fully understand what was going on at the time

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Exceptional Story

Never has a book made me go through so many different emotions. This is a truly amazing account of bravery and a desire to get the truth told. Deserves 10 stars

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INDY TRUE STORY

Truly stunning listen from start to finish. The authors have done an amazing job in uncovering the full story of the Indianapolis disaster following its successful delivery of the nuclear bomb in 1945. The stories of the men that survived the harrowing disaster give you a detailed picture of the horrors that befell not only the crew before the Japanese torpedoes struck USS Indy, but also the progressive diminishing of the survivors who initially survived the sinking but failed to last the five days at sea. Superbly presented, this is quite a listen that will long remember.

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Gripping

This is the gripping human story of a terrible World War Two disaster. Highly recommended.