Scorpion Down: Sunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon

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One Navy admiral called it “one of the greatest unsolved sea mysteries of our era.” The U.S. Navy officially describes it an inexplicable accident. For decades, the real story of the disaster eluded journalists, historians, and the family members of the lost crew. But a small handful of Navy and government officials knew the truth: The sinking of the U.S.S. Scorpion on May 22, 1968, was an act of war. In Scorpion Down, military reporter Ed Offley reveals that the true cause of the Scorpion’s sinking was buried by...

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Scorpion Down: Sunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon: The Untold Story of the USS Scorpion

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Overview

One Navy admiral called it “one of the greatest unsolved sea mysteries of our era.” The U.S. Navy officially describes it an inexplicable accident. For decades, the real story of the disaster eluded journalists, historians, and the family members of the lost crew. But a small handful of Navy and government officials knew the truth: The sinking of the U.S.S. Scorpion on May 22, 1968, was an act of war. In Scorpion Down, military reporter Ed Offley reveals that the true cause of the Scorpion’s sinking was buried by the U.S. government in an attempt to keep the Cold War from turning hot. For five months, the families of the Scorpion crew waited while the Navy searched feverishly for the missing submarine. For the first time, Offley reveals that entire search was cover-up, devised to conceal that fact that the Scorpion had been torpedoed by the Soviets. In this gripping and controversial book, Offley takes the reader inside the shadowy world of the Cold War military, where rival superpowers fought secret battles far below the surface of the sea.

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KLIATT - Janet Julian
On May 22, 1968 the nuclear submarine USS Scorpion and its crew of 99 men went down in the Atlantic off the Azores. At the time Ed Offley was a 21-year-old college student. In 1983, after Offley had become a journalist, he became interested in the loss of what was at the time the world's fastest attack boat. He interviewed several dozen former Navy personnel, family members of the crew, and scientists, and came to a radically different conclusion from the official military line that the Scorpion was destroyed by a mechanical failure of some kind. After two years of research he published an article suggesting that the sub had been sunk by an accidental torpedo mishap. The full truth could not be found until after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War in 1991. Offley's exhaustive research over decades ties together the capture of the USS Pueblo by the North Koreans, the KGB, secret underwater listening devices, convicted spy John Anthony Walker, the CIA and the recovery ship Glomar Explorer, a confrontational Soviet navy, the lost Soviet sub K-129, and a US Navy cover-up. The book reads like a first-class mystery, gripping and suspenseful. Offley gives his critics their due, citing arguments against his conclusions. Reviewer: Janet Julian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465051861
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 291,766
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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Ed Offley

Ed Offley has been a military reporting specialist since 1981 for online publications and newspapers, including The Ledger-Star, Norfolk, Va.; The Seattle Post-Intelligencer; Stripes.com; DefenseWatch, and The News Herald, Panama City, Fla. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Offley served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. He lives in Panama City Beach, Florida.

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