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Scorpion Down | [Ed Offley]

Scorpion Down

One Navy admiral called it "one of the greatest unsolved sea mysteries of our era". To this day, the U.S. Navy officially describes it an inexplicable accident. For decades, the real story of the disaster has eluded journalists, historians, and the family members of the lost crew. But a small handful of Navy and government officials knew the truth from the very beginning: the sinking of the nuclear submarine U.S.S. Scorpion and its crew of 99 men, on May 22, 1968, was an act of war.
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One Navy admiral called it "one of the greatest unsolved sea mysteries of our era". To this day, the U.S. Navy officially describes it an inexplicable accident. For decades, the real story of the disaster has eluded journalists, historians, and the family members of the lost crew. But a small handful of Navy and government officials knew the truth from the very beginning: the sinking of the nuclear submarine U.S.S. Scorpion and its crew of 99 men, on May 22, 1968, was an act of war.

In this major work of historical reporting, Ed Offley reveals that the sinking of the Scorpion has never been a mystery, but rather a secret buried by the U.S. government in a frantic attempt to keep the Cold War from turning into a hot war. The Soviets had torpedoed the Scorpion in reprisal for the destruction of the Soviet missile sub K-129, which the Americans had sunk in the Pacific just 10 weeks earlier. But why does the U.S. Navy continue to hide the real story of what happened on that fateful day in 1968?

In Scorpion Down, military reporter Ed Offley tells the true story for the first time and dramatically recounts a little-known episode that nearly brought about World War III. And he conclusively demonstrates that the Navy's official account of the Scorpion incident, from the frantic open-ocean hunt for the wreckage to a court of inquiry's final conclusions, is nothing more than a carefully constructed series of lies.

©2007 Ed Offley; (P)2007 HighBridge Company

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    Timothy Elkins, WV, USA 12-21-08
    Timothy Elkins, WV, USA 12-21-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent book"

    A thoroughly riveting account of the loss of the United States submarine "Scorpion".

    Well worth your time and the money to purchase.

    The narration is superbly done as well.

    I recommend this book without reservation.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Hudson, MA, USA 10-06-07
    Lisa Hudson, MA, USA 10-06-07
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    "sub standard"

    This book purports to be the true story of the Scorpion but fails to give any true answers. Offley continues unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about the Scorpion, he provides multiple conflicting Scorpion conspiracy theories combined to create one grand conspiracy theory of the sinking(thankfully no aliens are involved). He makes innuendos based on suspicions and memories decades after the fact and reports them as unquestioned facts. He uses official Navy logs that don't support any of his theories as proof that his theories are based in fact. Offley argues that the ship was in great condition and that a mechanical malfunction onboard was improbable. This ignores overwhelming evidence that the Scorpion was in fact overdue for an overhaul and extensive repairs as well as the damning evidence of the sailors derisive nickname of the Scorpion the USS Scrapiron. He does not provide answers on the loss of the Scorpion but self aggrandizement and a bashing of the government in general and the Navy in particular without any documents to support his theories. Please listen if you want a good laugh on conspiracy theories but if you want a factual and unbiased account of the Scorpion go somewhere else. I regret buying this tripe.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Al May Bridgeport, New York United States 05-06-08
    Al May Bridgeport, New York United States 05-06-08 Listener Since 2003
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    "Great Story!"

    A great story with some logical conclusions. Being in the Navy during that time period and involved in crypto/intelligence most if not all the information is well presented.
    My only negative observation was the very poor edit job. As you listen most of the selection breaks were done in the middle of a word which sometimes made it difficult to understand.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael EASTHAMPTON, MA, USA 09-01-08
    Michael EASTHAMPTON, MA, USA 09-01-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Where is the evidence from Russia?"

    I found this book very interesting and it makes many good points about the loss of the Scorpion.
    I was disappointed,however,that very little evidence from Russia was given by the author to make his case. Certainly,many Russians must have taken part in or known of the sinking but only one is cited and his statement needs support.
    I feel the author has only proved that it is
    probable and not certain that the Russians are responsible for the loss of the Scorpion.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 02-24-13
    Dean 02-24-13 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "Great Book when the author stuck to the facts"

    Scorpion Down was good historical review telling the loss of one US submarine during the height of the cold war. I give it a passing review because the research and writing quality is great. I only wish the author and writers like him did not go by the supposition of any secret being inherently evil in intent. In defense if peace, or a specific country not all information should be public.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NICHOLAS FITCHBURG, MA, United States 08-04-11
    NICHOLAS FITCHBURG, MA, United States 08-04-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Good insight into sub warfare during cold war"

    Apparently a topic of decades long interest for the author, he presents a detailed history of submarine tactics during the cold war in an interesting (if occasionally repetitive) chronological manner. His continuous re-examination of the available facts surrounding the loss of the Scorpion, spanning many years, gradually fills in the gaps in the official record to present a credible scenario of the last hours of the sub's existence. The last twist in the story was so unexpected (at least to me) and yet made so much sense in the context of the cold war and the condition of the Soviet navy, that it makes the author's case for me.

    As time passes, and more naval records become declassified, it is interesting to imagine what further twists this story will take when the next layer of this onion is pealed away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher redlands, CA, United States 12-09-10
    Christopher redlands, CA, United States 12-09-10 Member Since 2009
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    "the unseen world"

    i found the book very interesting, to learn of the heroism of the crew members of the different subs. i would recommend this to anyone, but if you have family in the naval submarine service, remember they are the greatest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris new york, NY, United States 06-04-10
    Chris new york, NY, United States 06-04-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Eye opener"

    This is two books in one: A condensed history of the history of submarine warfare and the investigative narrative of the scorpion.

    The author has obviously spent a lifetime putting together the trove of information contained herein, and if you've bought the book for it's title you won't be able to put it down.

    It's not a well edited book; there's a lot a fat that could be cut out, say from 15 hours down to 10, but the author's dedication to the subject is compelling enough to give it a pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Pensacola, FL, USA 02-16-08
    Robin Pensacola, FL, USA 02-16-08
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    "Good book"

    Very intriguing and a good listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    robert College Station, TX, United States 12-27-10
    robert College Station, TX, United States 12-27-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent read."

    Well researched and written as an interesting tale of the time. Looking forward to Offley's next update on the incident as more information is available.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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