Scorpion Down

Scorpion Down

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

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Baker & Taylor
Offers a detailed view of the U.S.S. Scorpion, a nuclear submarine, and its sinking on Memorial Day, 1968, by a Soviet submarine, the exact circumstances of which were covered up by the United States government.

Perseus Publishing
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.

Blind Man's Bluff meets The Hunt for Red October in the shocking untold story of an American submarine torpedoed at the height of the Cold War--and the decades long cover-up that followed

Book News
Since its disappearance in 1968, the cause of the sinking of the Spipjack-class submarine, the USS Scorpion, has been shrouded in mystery, with most official Navy accounts pointing to some form of mechanical failure or accidental explosion in the torpedo room. Offley (military reporter for the News Herald in Panama City, Florida), however, has a darker story. Placing the operations of the Scorpion within the context of Cold War submarine rivalries, he makes the case that the vessel was sunk on purpose by a Soviet torpedo in apparent revenge for the loss of the Soviet submarine K129 some time earlier, which the Soviet navy believed was the responsibility of the Scorpion's sister sub, the USS Seawolf. He further argues that the US Navy covered up their original location of the sunk Scorpion, delaying its revelation for months in order to obscure the facts, and that it cooperated with the Soviets for decades in order to hide the truth. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
The loss of the nuclear submarine USS Scorpion (SSN-589) on Memorial Day, May 27, 1968, has been commemorated by an American admiral as "one of the greatest unsolved sea mysteries of our era." To this day, the U.S. Navy officially describes it as an inexplicable accident. After the sub failed to return to port at the Norfolk Naval Station following a routine three-month Mediterranean deployment, a frantic search ensued (the largest U.S. naval operation since the Cuban Missile Crisis). Nine days later the Navy announced that the submarine and ninety-nine crewmen on board were presumed lost.
In this work of investigative journalism, Ed Offley reveals that the U.S. Navy knew from the very beginning that the Scorpion had been sunk by the Soviets. Even before the Scorpion failed to show up at port, senior Navy officials had initiated an elaborate cover-up to suppress the real story of the undersea battle. The Navy has concealed the truth from the general public and families of the crewmen for nearly four decades. All ninety-nine American sailors aboard the Scorpion died in combat.
Here, Ed Offley tells the true story of the USS Scorpion for the first time. Offley tells the dramatic story of a secret battle that could have brought about World War III, and he conclusively demonstrates that the Navy's official story about 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.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2007
Description: xiv, 482 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780465051854
Branch Call Number: 359.93834 Off


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