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

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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.

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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 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 U. S. S. 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 ten 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 of the U. S. S.

Scorpion for the first time and dramatically recounts a little-known episode that nearly brought about World War III. And he conclusively demonstrates that the Navys official account of the Scorpion incident-from the frantic open-ocean hunt for the wreckage to a court of inquirys final conclusions-is nothing more than a carefully constructed series of lies.

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The loss of the nuclear submarine USS Scorpion on Memorial Day, May 27, 1968, has been commemorated by an American admiral as "one of the greatest unsolved sea mysteries of our era." After the sub failed to return to port following a routine three-month Mediterranean deployment, a frantic search ensued. Nine days later the Navy announced that the submarine and the ninety-nine crewmen on board were presumed lost.

In this stunning work of investigative journalism, Ed Offley reveals that the U.S. Navy knew from the very beginning that theScorpion had been sunk by the Soviets. He 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 theScorpion 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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