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ISBN:1439104549
Author: Kenneth Sewell
ISBN13: 978-1439104545
Title: All Hands Down: The True Story of the Soviet Attack on the USS Scorpion
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Publisher: Pocket Star; Reprint edition (July 28, 2009)

All Hands Down: The True Story of the Soviet Attack on the USS Scorpion by Kenneth Sewell



What really happened to the USS Scorpion? May 1968: An American submarine is sent to investigate suspicious Soviet ships gathered in the mid-Atlantic. No one aboard the USS Scorpion was aware of the trap they rode into – that the Soviets planned revenge for the mysterious sinking of a Russian sub two months befor. r that a traitor has been supplying the KGB with the US Navy’s top-secret codes

What really happened to the USS Scorpion? May 1968: An American submarine. A Cold War disaster that took ninety-nine lives, and was denied for forty years. What really happened to the USS Scorpion? May 1968: An American submarine is sent to investigate suspicious Soviet ships gathered in the mid-Atlantic. r that a traitor has been supplying the KGB with the US Navy’s top-secret codes.

All Hands Down shows how the Soviet plan was executed and explains why the truth of the attack has been officially denied for forty years. Sewell and Preisler debunk various official explanations for the tragedy and bring to life the personal stories of some of the men who were lost when Scorpion went to the bottom. This book purports to debunk that theory. The authors' claim is that Scorpion was deliberately sunk by the Soviet Navy in retaliation for the loss of K-129 which they believed was lost due to an undersea collision with another US Navy nuclear submarine, USS Swordfish. The authors contend that the Soviets laid a trap for Scorpion and sunk her via a helicopter-launched torpedo just off the Azores.

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ru - Forty years ago, in May 1968, the submarine USSScorpionsank in mysterious circumstances with a loss of ninety-nine lives. The tragedy occurred during the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, and it followed by only weeks the sinking of a Soviet sub near Hawaii.

Soon after a junior officer at submarine communication sold secrets to the Soviets enabling them to decipher coded American submarine communications, a Soviet missile sub on a mission near Hawaii sank with all hands in February 1968. Two weeks later, a spy reported that a damaged . submarine had arrived in Japan. Soviet files reveal and interviews confirm that high Soviet officials believed it had deliberately sunk their vessel.

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 . submarine was to blame.

Sewell gives us another conspiracy theory to connect with his fictional Red Star Rogue title regarding the loss of USS Scorpion in '68. Here, instead of the evil Adropov, we get the evil Gorshkov who unilaterally decides to get revenge for the loss of K-129 by sinking Scorpion, with the help of the traitor Walker. No documentation, no proof. Just vague statements; "a high placed intelligence official who was sworn to secrecy" Convenient Kenny. the belief that the . had been involved in the sinking (some months earlier) of a Soviet ballistic missile sub in the Pacific, just north of Hawaii. Please refer to the book "Red Star Rogue" by the same author.

In March 1968, a Soviet sub mysteriously sank near Hawaii, hundreds of miles from its normal station. Mistakenly believing that the . was responsible, the Soviets plotted revenge. Using a valuable cryptographic unit that had been stolen from a . intelligence ship to intercept classified naval communications, the Russians set a trap for the Scorpion. Bringing to life the personal stories of some of the Scorpion’s crew and their families, this engrossing true story is more exciting than any novel.

From Ken Sewell, the author of Red Star Rogue, and Jerome Preisler, the author of Code Name Caesar and co-author of the Tom Clancy's Power Plays series, comes a controversial account of the destruction of the USS Scorpion, the nuclear submarine that sank with ninety-nine crewmen aboard in 1968--an event that was officially attributed to accident. The tragedy of the USS Scorpion--and the lingering mystery of what caused it to sink in 10,000 feet of water on the eastern edge of the Sargasso Sea--has been widely written about. All Hands Down shows how the Soviet plot to exact revenge for the loss of a Russian sub was executed and explains why the truth of the attack has been officially denied for forty years. Sewell and Preisler debunk various official explanations for the tragedy and bring to life the personal stories of some of the men who were lost when Scorpion went to the bottom.
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Aver
Sewell gives us another conspiracy theory to connect with his fictional Red Star Rogue title regarding the loss of USS Scorpion in '68.

Here, instead of the evil Adropov, we get the evil Gorshkov who unilaterally decides to get revenge for the loss of K-129 by sinking Scorpion, with the help of the traitor Walker.

No documentation, no proof. Just vague statements; "a high placed intelligence official who was sworn to secrecy" Convenient Kenny. Nothing is said about the deplorable condition of the boat, how it was FAR more likely that a Mk 37 battery was the cause, ignighting the torpedo in the tube and exploding.

Please avoid this book. Do not give this shoddy author any royalties for spreading false conspiracies and disrespecting the dead heroes of the Scorpion.
Shaktit
I ws intrigued when I saw the book and as fate would have it there was a documentary on the TV as I was browsing through the ebook store. That was pretty much my mind made up. As a fan of military history in general and particulary of naval stories, I was Happy to go it a shot (no joke intended). While the book itself was well researched and indeed well written, I did feel, as with most books of this type, it is one interpretation of what happened to this boat and crew. As a non-American, I wouldn't have the same ideas on the cold war as many who read this book, but to avoid stating the obvious, most of the cold war was fought off camera and behind closed doors, much of us will never know what happened or how close we all came to oblivion. This book makes some claims, some just thouGhts of the author or of those he interviewd, while others are those "99% certain" facts that are often thrown around is such books. To be fair, what I have just written is pretty much what academia is in a nut shell, and that is how this book should be treated - a well researched project that is well summarised and well written, with many hypotheses and assumptions as any typical work of the sort just described. I suppose the book itself is testament to how this war ended, that we ar wall free to read the opinions of others and be in the position to agrees or disagree as we please. If you are intesrested in the subject matter of this book, I would recommend it as a purchase, just keep an open mind and be able to construct your own theories.
Fearlesshunter
For anyone who remembers this time, this is a startling revelation of a Top Secret cover-up apparently by tacit, if not explicit, agreement between the U.S. and the Soviet Union at a particularly precarious time in history. A great companion to "Scorpion Down" which confirms the general story with a few variations in the details. How did the Russions sink the Scorpion?
Alsalar
OK you conspiracy buffs, here's a good one for you. Supposedly the SSN Scorpion (a Skipjack class, American attack submarine) was attacked and sunk by the Soviet Navy on orders of the powers that were, in the USSR. The reason being . . . the belief that the U.S. had been involved in the sinking (some months earlier) of a Soviet ballistic missile sub in the Pacific, just north of Hawaii. (Please refer to the book "Red Star Rogue" by the same author.)

Problem is, I find it hard to buy into the plot; it's just too complex for me to believe.

However, the book is a page turner, make no mistake, and if you are a history buff, it'll have you digging through the archives like a mouse looking for an elusive snack.

I'd be very interested in reading other opinions of this piece. I hope youy purchase the book and add a review.
melody of you
An interesting story if true, this book tells an interesting tale of cold war intrigue. In short, it tells the story of the loss of a navy sub, allegedly sunk by the Soviets.While this is true, only during the Russian Spring did some of these details leak out. I have heard that another sub was involved, or that a ASW helo was used to do this in retaliation for the precieved loss of Soviet sub K-129. I should point out that K-129 was sunk while attempting to fire her missiles at Hawaii, and not by the USS Swordfish, as the Soviets believed. It is the authors contention that this may have been why Scorpion was attacked. Both Governments agreed to not discuss these two incidents, and that is why there was no conclusion to the inquest. It is a fact that Scorpion was attacked as the wreck does show an impact site still visible all these year later. I should also add that both actions would have been an act of war, And neither side wanted that( Thank God) Both crews died as heros, so Davy Jones keeps his secrets well. R.I.P.
Loni
This is a beautiful book about the loss of this boat and the toll it took on their families, friends, and loved ones. THE authors do an excellent job relating what they believe the facts show and then giving the reasons why they believe as they do. Thanks for sharing your research. My heart broke for the loved ones who suffered for so long and were left wondering how and why. BZ. RMS
Fearlessdweller
The story is amazing and to think this secret has been hidden from the American public for all these years. Hats off Kenneth Sewell. Subject should be the background for a major motion picture