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Scorpion Down

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The Hunt for Red October meets Blind Man's Bluff in the untold story of an American submarine torpedoed at the height of the Cold War—and the 40-year cover-up that followed.

The last thing they heard was the faint scree-scree of a high-speed propeller. Then the torpedo hit, the warhead detonated, the ocean thundered in, and 99 men died. On May 22, 1968, an American submarin

Hardcover, 496 pages
Published May 7th 2007 by Basic Books (first published 2007)
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Paul Pessolano
Sep 15, 2015 Paul Pessolano rated it liked it
’”Scorpion Down, Sunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon: The Untold Story of the U.S.S. Scorpion” by Ed Offley, published by Basic Books.

Category – Military/Submarines Publication Date – August 01, 2007.

On May 22, 1968 the Skipjack Class submarine Scorpion disappeared. Although a search was made for the submarine no trace of her could be found and it and its 99 men aboard were considered lost at sea. An inquiry was made concerning the disappearance and the Navy put forth several plausible r
Chris Ross
I listened to the audio book and the narrator is amazing with the perfect voice for this book. He kept you on the edge of your seat and spoke with clarity, power, and passion. The book is well researched and sometimes a little too repetitive. Offley writes at least 3 times about his belief that the Scorpion was sunk by a Russian torpedo and seems to keep returning to the same body of evidence as proof. The book starts by talking about the Scorpion and takes a historical turn giving the reader a ...more
Nathaniel Irvin
Jul 27, 2012 Nathaniel Irvin rated it it was ok
This book is BORING. Edward Offley may have been a journalist longer than I've been alive, but he still hasn't learned how to engage with the reader. I'm glad he did a lot of thorough research, but I didn't need to hear about the minutia of his efforts, the nitty-gritty of his analysis. I just wanted him to present his findings.

And the thing is, his eventual conclusion is not even remotely interesting. He simply states what it says on the cover, and has been proposed in a multiplicity of other
Dec 16, 2015 Tom rated it really liked it
The author presents a thoroughly documented case history of the sinking of the USS Scorpion the fast attack submarine that was lost in the Atlantic in 1968. The sub's operation at the time of the sinking, the search for the vessel and the possible causes of the sinking are considered. In addition, the book deals with many topics related to submarine operations during the Cold War, the Walker spy case, and the sinking of several Soviet submarines. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested ...more
Rod Read
Sep 27, 2015 Rod Read rated it it was amazing
Great (and true) story/analysis on the mysterious disappearance of a U.S. submarine during the Cold War. The author diligently tracks the scraps of information (almost obsessively) to try and bring closure to the "accident". There's a lot of military jargon to absorb and at times I had to push through the book but the underlying driver for me was that it was based on a real event and satisfactory answers had been deliberately buried. Would recommend if you're a military or political history ...more
Jim Mccormick
Mar 14, 2013 Jim Mccormick rated it it was amazing
Fascinating account and credible reporting. Hope more deteils will be revealed over the coming decades, but the case demonstrates how critical it is to protect sensitive technology and tactics - even 45 years later.
Nov 14, 2015 William rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. If you're interested in this mystery I suggest you read this book. I believe the conclusion of the author and will leave the rest to anyone who wants to read this book.
Tim Knight
Jan 30, 2013 Tim Knight rated it really liked it
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In the submarine community, there's a long-standing belief that the Scorpion was sunk by the Soviets. Now, here's a book that relates the tale of the Scorpion and the cover-up of her sinking.
Jun 13, 2016 Teddy rated it liked it
Fascinating book. I had no idea all of this was going on under our oceans and just how close to war we were for so long - and may still be for all we know!
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