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Scorpion Down

Category: History: U.S.: 20th Century

Author: ED Offley

Copyright/published Year: 2007 by Basic Books

ISBN: 9780465051854

Binding: Cloth

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 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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