- Mass Market Paperback: 251 pages
- Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (June 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451204476
- ISBN-13: 978-0451204479
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,606,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ordeal by Sea: The Tragedy of the U.S.S. Indianapolis Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2001
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Overall it's a roughly written, but informative, book that I had a hard time putting down at times. Once one gets past the many typos and the lack of a cohesive story, it is a relatively enjoyable read.
Though Helm spends much time describing the ship, its sinking and the story of survival and the rescue, he brushes over the investigation and the court martial of Captain McVay. This area could have used more text. The foreword and afterword by Captain Toti put the book in a modern context by explaining what has become of survivors' efforts to clear McVay's name. All in all, "Ordeal by Sea" is a must read for those interested in history and naval matters.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ordered this bk. Bc my father was one who lost his life on the USS Indianapolis. Wanted the bk. For my grdkids.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this book, but I'd read a book called In Harm's Way that was much better. Ordeal by Sea didn't go into enough detail about their 4 day ordeal. Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by Carol Weathersbee
The author, Thomas Helms "Ordeal by Sea" is an astonishing account of the sinking of the heavy cruiser, USS Indianapolis on 30 July 1945 with 1,196 men. Read morePublished on October 14, 2012 by Ralph Smith
A very good account of WWII attack of The U.S.S. Indianapolis and written by a veteran who survived. Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by luvzflwrz
Ordeal by Sea does not feature great writing -- the character portrayals are weak, the suspense is almost non-existent, the narrative rambles. Read morePublished on March 17, 2003 by J. Gifford
Helm does a good job discribing the sinking of this heavy cruiser
and the five days the survivors spent in the water facing the
hazards of sharks, sun, no food or water,... Read more
if you wanna read a book about the Indiapolis I would recomend this book. It is really good and tell you everything you could need to know. It's awesome! Read morePublished on February 10, 2002