Doug Stanton





Doug Stanton

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Doug Stanton lives in Traverse City, Michigan, and has worked as a creative writing and English teacher at college level, and at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan as writer-in-residence.

He has also worked as a commercial fisherman, and caretaker of Robert Frost's house in Vermont. He has travelled extensively as a contributing editor for Esquire, Men's Journal and Outside magazines, writing travel, adventure, and political pieces, as well as cover stories about Hollywood figures like Harrison Ford, George Clooney, and Clint Eastwood.

He is a founder of the Traverse City Film Festival, an annual celebration of cinema. With contacts in the Department of Defense, Pentagon, and various branches of the U.S. military, Stanton is a subject mat
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“Where does a man go when there are no more corners to turn, when he's running out of hope, out of luck, out of time?”
Doug Stanton, In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors

“McCoy, drained and hollow-eyed, couldn't take his eyes off the life vest belonging to the boy who'd slipped away from the group during the night. The empty vest spooked McCoy. All its straps were still tightly tied-it looked like some trick that Houdini might've played. Then McCoy peered into the water and got another shock: the boy was floating below him, spread-eagled, about fifteen feet below the surface. He lay motionless until a current caught him; then it was as if he were flying in the depths. Jesus, McCoy thought, Mother of God. He started saying the rosary over and over. McCoy had never been overly religious; his mom was the spiritual one in the family. But now he began the process of what he'd later call his purification; he'd started asking God to forgive him of his sins. He was resolved to live but he was getting ready to die.”
Doug Stanton, In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors

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Spotlighted Book Discussion Poll I - October 26, 2011

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  5 votes, 2.8%

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  4 votes, 2.3%

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  3 votes, 1.7%

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  3 votes, 1.7%

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  2 votes, 1.1%

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  2 votes, 1.1%

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  2 votes, 1.1%

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  2 votes, 1.1%

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  2 votes, 1.1%

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  2 votes, 1.1%

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  2 votes, 1.1%

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  1 vote, 0.6%

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  1 vote, 0.6%

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  1 vote, 0.6%

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