Scorpion Down

  • by Ed Offley
  • Narrated by Richard Ferrone
  • 15 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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.

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- Timothy Prentice

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.
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- Al May

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-24-2007
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books