Harms way is a 1962 war novel by james bassett the explanation for the title was according to bassett i wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast for i intend to go in harms way attributed to john paul jones citation needed. Harms way has 734 ratings and 50 reviews corto said if the caine mutiny was the penultimate jack london esque sea story and the sand pebbles was t. James elias bassett jr 1912 1978 was an american newspaper editor and author born in glendale california and raised in mamaroneck ny he graduated cum laude from bowdoin college in maine where he was a member of phi beta kappa. Author james bassett was a staff officer closely associated with fleet admiral william f halsey and handled his press relations from the guadalcanal campaign to the japanese surrender in tokyo bay bassett held the rank of captain usnr ret. The first novel of respected journalist and political consultant james bassett harms way is based on his wwii experience in the pacific as a staff officer to fleet admiral william f halsey bassetts novel was adapted to the screen in the 1965 oscar nomintaed film by director otto preminger starring john wayne and kirk douglas
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