1st.Eng.ed., 1984. 309 pp., 47 photo-ills, & 2 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Light stain to fore-edges o/w FINE. A story of cover-up and incompetence in one of America's greatest wartime disasters at sea, this is an account of the sinking of the battleship USS INDIANAPOLIS with the loss of 880 lives. On July 30th, 1945, the flagship of the huge Pacific Fifth Fleet had recently delivered the components of the Hiroshima bomb to Tinian and VJ Day was only a few days away. Just after midnight the battleship was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sank within 15 minutes. On board were 1,196 officers and men, about 400 went down with the ship and approximately 800 safely abandoned her. Of these 800 men in the water only 316 survived. First published in the US in 1982, the author tells for the first time what happened to the INDIANAPOLIS and her crew : why she should never have been sunk in the first place ; why the US Navy left the men drifting in shark-infested waters for four days ; and why they instigated a thirty-year cover-up. THE STORY BEHIND THE LOSS OF AN AMERICAN BATTLESHIP IN 1945.