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Sintesi dell'editore

Forty years ago, in May 1968, the submarine USS Scorpion sank in mysterious circumstances with a loss of 99 lives. The tragedy occurred during the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Now, drawing on hours of exclusive interviews as well as recently declassified United States and Soviet intelligence files, Kenneth Sewell and Jerome Preisler explain what really happened to Scorpion.

When a Soviet sub mysteriously sank near Hawaii, hundreds of miles from its normal station, Soviet naval leaders mistakenly believed that a U.S. submarine was to blame. Using a cryptographic unit acquired from the North Koreans to decipher classified Navy communications, they set a trap for revenge. All Hands Down explains how the plan was executed and why the truth of the attack has been officially denied for 40 years.

©2008 Kenneth Sewell and Jerome Priesler (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"[A] convincing argument....few will be able to resist the juicy details offered about this half-forgotten disaster and its aftermath....A satisfying historical whodunit, redolent with Cold War paranoia and tragedy." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen
  • 19/12/2008

All Hands Down

The book was written in an entertaining way, my compliments to the authors. The research was weak and explanations conflicting.

I get the feeling the project was a rush job by the publishers/editors to get it on the street. The authors give conflicting accounts of the final movements of the Scorpion (you cannot have an explosion and implosion simultaneously). There were multiple minor errors, (describing a Bekins moving van as orange in color instead of white: Allied moving vans are orange). If you are not interested in sound research and just want to wallow in a supermarket tabloid style story then the book is for you.

I recommend looking up USS Scorpion and K-129, separately, on the internet and you will see the same references the authors use with more plausible explanations as to what happened to the two boats.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Rick
  • 29/06/2008

If you like sub stories this is worth the read

Well paced, well written. Shocking... the way that in 1968 the Russians gave the US the deliberate combination of a sucker punch and a sniper's "head shot" to a fully crewed US NAVY nuclear sub that was simply going home after it's cruise. Perhaps that clear act of war was silenced because it might have caused the real thing to expand. Maybe the right decision, maybe not. You read and figure it out for yourself. A great read!

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  • Generale
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  • CST
  • 03/12/2020

Pure conjecture!

Assumes the outcome, provides no proof and covers mostly unrelated information and conjecture. Ignores almost all the information presented in "Silent Steel" published a couple years before this. Waste of time.

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  • Generale
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  • Special K -AZ
  • 24/11/2020

The Sad Truth About The Loss of The USS Scorpion

"The loss of 99 lives is not enough to end civilization..." A senior Naval US intelligence officer attempting to justify the cover-up of the truth relating to the loss of the USS Scorpion.

In this story, the authors make a compelling case as to why and how the Russians sank a US Nuclear Submarine. The personal stories of some of her crew and their families make the human cost of this act of war more compelling. The technical explanations of submarine workings and life aboard them added greatly to the story.

The year was 1968, President Johnson was deeply enmeshed in the fractious Vietnam War and its fallout. He had already failed to act with any type of decisive retaliation after the Soviet/North Korean seizure of the USS Pueblo. It sent a message to the Russians that he was weak willed... and they in turn, retaliated for what may have been a mistaken belief that we had intentionally previously sunk one of their nuclear submarines. They were right about Johnson.

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  • Generale
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  • JustBill
  • 03/03/2017

MEDAL OF HONOR

Every man on the Scorpian deserves the Medal Of Honor. Americans should be rightfully outraged.

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  • Generale
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  • Dario Perryman
  • 20/08/2016

Well done

well documented and told. I remember these events very well, and would never have imagined how they were all linked together. The Walker spy family may have been the worst thing every for our country, and leaves little doubt we would have been hard pressed had a shooting war with the soviets occured.

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  • Generale
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  • John Eiklor
  • 07/09/2009

Well written, thought provoking

Well woven. Loved every minute!

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  • Generale
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  • R. Frost
  • 21/09/2022

A part of history that I never heard about.

I have listened to several submarine books, including Blind Man's Bluff, but never heard this story. It is well worth a listen.

  • Generale
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  • Debbie Mathisen
  • 29/08/2022

Very Technical

This book was very informative, technical, and thorough. It is a sad story. It made me wonder how many other secrets our government has kept.

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  • edward
  • 24/08/2022

Well told story. Engaging.

By following the story of several different characters, you get a personal feel for the events. Well told. Well read. Recommended to anyone with even a passing interest in the Cold War, American history, or submarines.

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  • Generale
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  • Derrick
  • 07/01/2009

Interesting, but not what it purports to be

This book trumpets itself as an expose of a cold-war sensation; the deliberate sinking of a US submarine by the Soviets. In actual fact, there is next to nothing about that hypothesis, which is referred to as undeniable and yet no evidence is even hinted at for such a radical claim. There is merit in this book, though. As a narrative of what it was like on submarines during the cold war, and for the families of those men in the late '60s, it is a fine testament, brought to life with real empathy. Nevertheless, the sensationalist promise of this book is, perhaps inevitably, not fulfilled, but surprisingly no attempt is even made to do so.

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  • Generale
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  • Aleksi
  • 04/01/2022

Well written fiction dressed as facts 😬

It's well written alrigth, a pleasure to listen to perdormance-wise. But it appears the authors took some broad liberties when cooking up this story. So I did feel a bit betrayed when it came apparent that the events of the book are pretty much founded on hearsay and a sprikle of imagination from the author's part.

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  • Generale
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  • Craig
  • 25/08/2022

A sobering story from the Cold War.

Extremely well narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner. Another chapter in the US Naval history that still has unanswered questions. This book takes the story on the Scorpion to a more plausible if not scary conclusion.

  • Generale
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  • Nick Gilbert
  • 18/08/2022

fascinating

a fascinating story that is delivered in a clear and concise. Well worth reading

  • Generale
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  • Mounty
  • 19/05/2022

Cold war stories

Excellent story but shocking, the truth about the cold war, in an environment that isn’t seen, below the waves away from eyes.

  • Generale
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  • R. Ellis
  • 29/11/2021

Fascinating and scary real life story

This is an excellent and somewhat scary real life story. It is very well researched and written, and superbly related.

It gives a deep and unappreciated insight into the dangers service personnel face even in peace time, and confirms how political expediency keeps secret many things from the average person in the street.

Until listening to this book and concurrent personal reading elsewhere I had absolutely no idea that nine nuclear submarines have been lost since 1963 with the loss of over 400 sailors. Sobering thoughts.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with the slightest interest in the subject.

  • Generale
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  • Toby
  • 16/10/2021

Not my Favourite.

Personally not my favourite. Wasn't really the content I was hoping for really but educational non the less.

  • Generale
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  • Anonymous User
  • 25/09/2021

Story of the Scorpion.

Absolutely amazing. Well constructed and a great depth of understanding, and development of the main characters. Would recommend it!

  • Generale
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  • Zenza B
  • 08/12/2020

A saggy bag of a listen. Lacking in substance.

Built upon a speculative preconceived conclusion and lacking any evidence with which to convince the reader of the argument.

Quite disappointing. It will appeal to those who love a conspiracy but don't expect it to bear the fruits of a well balanced investigative read.