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Author: Lynn Vincent, Sara Vladic Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2018 ISBN: 9781508251651
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For the first time, thanks to years of original research and new reporting, two acclaimed authors deliver the riveting and emotionally wrenching full story of the worst sea disaster in United States naval history: the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II—and the fifty-year fight to exonerate the captain after a wrongful court martial.

Although the USS Indianapolis was the victorious flagship of the largest fleet ever to sail the face of the earth, her story has been reduced to a sinking tale. Now, though, New York Times bestselling author and investigative journalist Lynn Vincent has teamed with documentary filmmaker and National Geographic historian Sara Vladic to tell the complete story for the first time. This sweeping saga of survival, justice, love, and sacrifice weaves through generations of American presidents, from Roosevelt and Truman in 1945 to Clinton and George W. Bush in the modern day, culminating in backroom deals in the halls of Congress.

The USS Indianapolis and her crew led the World War II Pacific fleet from Pearl Harbor to the islands of Japan, notching an unbroken string of victories in an uncharted theater of war. When the time came for President Harry Truman to deal Japan the decisive blow, Indianapolis answered the call, delivering the world’s first atomic bomb to the Pacific in the most highly classified naval mission of the war. Four days later, two Japanese torpedoes sank her. Indianapolis’s story then became not only an epic tale of survival for the 1,196 men aboard—only 317 would live—but also the tale of three captains whose lives would be forever entwined: Charles McVay, who was wrongly court martialed for the sinking; Mochitsura Hashimoto, the Japanese sub commander who sank Indianapolis but later joined the fight to exonerate McVay; and William Toti, captain of the modern-day submarine, Indianapolis, who helped the survivors win their fight to vindicate their captain.

Based on new primary sources and interviews with 108 survivors, Vincent and Vladic reveal the untold stories of the crew left adrift for five days in the Philippine Sea as they battled dehydration, sharks, insanity, and each other; the Army spy who shepherded the bomb aboard Indianapolis; the hidden history of the top-secret ULTRA program that could have saved the ship; and the survivors’ fifty-year fight for justice. In this powerfully emotional account—unfolding against the larger war and the historic actions of titans of the era—the USS Indianapolis and its heroic crew come to full, vivid, unforgettable life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A beautifully told and incredibly detailed narrative that brings this famous disaster to life.”

    Kate Andersen Brower, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Valuable and illuminating. Vladic and Vincent’s work brings to life the history of this valorous and extraordinary ship.”

    Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Vividly detailed…In a brisk, fact-based narrative, Indianapolis mixes horror and scandal…An account that is compelling yet comprehensive.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A gripping and engaging tale that features grievous mistakes, extraordinary courage, unimaginable horror, and a cover-up…This exhaustive and comprehensive assessment is as complete an account of this tragic tale as we are likely to have. It is compelling history.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Chilling…The facts are more horrible than fiction.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Simply outstanding…Sea battles, adventures, the secret mission to deliver materials for the assemblage of the atomic bomb to the Pacific Islands, tragedy, disaster, an epic ordeal—sharks included—in the open ocean, courtroom drama, political intrigue, and the uphill battle by the band of survivors to exonerate the ship’s captain will all have readers unable to put this book down…A tour de force of true human drama.”

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  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection
  • New York Times bestseller

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About the Author

Lynn Vincent, a US Navy veteran, is a New York Times bestselling author and coauthor of eleven nonfiction books with more than sixteen million copies in print. A veteran journalist and author of more than 1,000 articles, her investigative pieces have been cited before Congress and the US Supreme Court.

About the Narrator

John Bedford Lloyd, Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing.