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

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: June 2008

Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes


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 U.S. submarine had arrived in Japan. Soviet files reveal and interviews confirm that high Soviet officials believed it had deliberately sunk their vessel. In revenge, they torpedoed the Scorpion on May 27, killing ninety-nine men. This engrossing overview of American and Soviet submarine operations includes capsule biographies of the Scorpion's captain and many of its crew and families.

"...few will be able to resist the juicy details offered about this half-forgotten disaster and its aftermath, including the boasting of old Soviet admirals that they would have won World War III because they knew every move the U.S. Navy made. A satisfying historical whodunit, redolent with Cold War paranoia and tragedy."-Kirkus Reviews


  • Jerry White

    Lots of data. No specific story, unless you count all the possible things that may have happened . I was surprised that the families were treated so poorly at times. It could not have been easy to accept. I have to believe that we do it better these days. Hard it may be, but the folks have to accept the loss, and begin to live again. Perhaps the Navy was trying to help them do that. I can't imagine the grief. But the Navy didn't kill them All pain cannot be justified or understood or assigned causality .

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

by Kenneth Sewell, Jerome Preisler

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