Review: Silent Steel–The Mysterious Death of the Nuclear Attack Sub USS Scorpion

5 Star, Empire, Sorrows, Hubris, Blowback, Executive (Partisan Failure, Reform), Intelligence (Government/Secret), Power (Pathologies & Utilization), Security (Including Immigration)
Silent Steel
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First-Rate Cover Story Great Human Interest, Service Loyalty, February 6, 2008

Stephen Johnson

EDIT of 9 Feb 09: There is evidently a very strong community of submariners, mostly officers, none of whom were in service at the time the incident happened, most of whom have little intelligence experience and very small libraries, who feel they and only they are qualified to judget between the two books. My two reviews stand. Normal people will find the other book much better in terms of trying to get to a reasonable semblance of the truth. Better yet, skip both books and go right to those I list below.

This a superb individual effort using normally available materials. It fully merits five stars because it can be bought and read simultaneously with Scorpion Down: Sunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon: The Untold Story of the USS Scorpion, which leverages Freedom of Information demands, direct invesdtigative journalism (HUMINT), and the end of the Cold War which produced a treasure trove of valuable primary materials. If you buy only one book, buy the other one but I find reading books in twos and threes is more interesting.

See for context, other reviews and if attractive, the books also:
The Rules of the Game: Jutland and British Naval Command
Very Special Intelligence: The Story of the Admiralty's Operational Intelligence Centre 1939-1945
Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth'
The Age of Missing Information (Plume)
Fog Facts: Searching for Truth in the Land of Spin
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
The Pathology of Power – A Challenge to Human Freedom and Safety
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (The American Empire Project)

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Whole Earth R Kapor et al We Need a National Public Network

1992

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Whole Earth R Kleiner The Co-Evolution of Governance

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Whole Earth R Petersen Will the Military Miss the Market

1992

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Whole Earth R Staple & Dixon Telegeography: Mapping the New World Order

1992

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Whole Earth R Steele E3i: Ethics, Ecology, Evolution, and Intelligence

1992

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Whole Earth R Tibbs Industrial Ecology: An Environmental Agenda for Industry

1991

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Whole Earth R Brilliant Computer Conferencing: The Global Connection

1991

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Whole Earth R Clay Genes, Genius, and Genocide

1991

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Whole Earth R Elgin Conscious Democracy Through Electronic Town Meetings

1991

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Whole Earth R Garcia Assessing the Impacts of Technology

1991

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Whole Earth R Godwin The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Virtual Communities

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Whole Earth R Karraker Highways of the Mind

1991

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Whole Earth R Lovins & Lovins Winning the Peace

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Whole Earth R Marx Privacy & Technology

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Whole Earth R Meeks The Global Commons

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Whole Earth R Rheingold Electronic Democracy: The Great Equalizer

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Whole Earth R Schuman Reclaiming our Technological Future

1991

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Whole Earth R Warren & Rheingold Access to Political Tools: Effective Citizen Action

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Whole Earth R White Earthtrust: Electronic Mail and Ecological Activism

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Whole Earth R Whitney-Smith Information Doesn't Want

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Whole Earth R Wittig Electronic City Hall

1990

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Whole Earth R Barlow Crime and Puzzlement: The Advance of the Law on the Electronic Frontier

1990

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Whole Earth R Brand Outlaws, Musicians, Lovers, and Spies: The Future of Control

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Whole Earth R Dodge Life Work

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Whole Earth R Ishii Cross-Cultural Communications & Computer-Supported Cooperative Work

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Whole Earth R Jordon III Restoration: Shaping the Land, Transforming the Spirit

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Whole Earth R Kumon Toward Co-Emulation: Japan and the United States in the Information Age

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Whole Earth R Monschke How to Heal the Land

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Whole Earth R Shapard Observations on Cross-Cultural Electronic Networking

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Whole Earth R Vidal Founding Father Knows Best

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Whole Earth R Berman The Gesture of Balance

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Whole Earth R Horvitz The USENET Underground

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Whole Earth R Baker, S. Gossip

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Whole Earth R Coate Tales from Two Communities: The Well and the Farm

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Whole Earth R Hawkins Computer Parasites & Remedies–A Catalog of First Sightings

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Whole Earth R Newroe Distance Learning

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Whole Earth R Pert The Material Basis of Emotions with Inset, Mind as Information

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Whole Earth R Rappaport Gossip

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Whole Earth R Thurow & Walsh Getting Over the Information Economy

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Whole Earth R Donaldson An Incomplete History of Microcomputing

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Whole Earth R Henson MEMETICS: The Science of Information Viruses

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Whole Earth R Horvitz An Intelligent Guide to Intelligence

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Whole Earth R Krause Bio-Acoustics: Habitat Ambience & Ecological Balance

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Whole Earth R Roberts Electronic Cottage on Wheels

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Whole Earth R Fend & Gunther What Have You Got to Hide: Iraq Iran Basra Abadan

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Whole Earth R Minsky Society of Mind

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Whole Earth R Sanders Etiquette for the Age of Transparency

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Whole Earth R Scxhwartz & Brand The World Information Economy

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Whole Earth R Thompson A Gaian Politics

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Whole Earth R Brand, Kelly, Kinney Digital Retouching: The End of Photography as Evidence of Anything

1985

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Whole Earth R Hunter Public Image

1985

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Whole Earth R Kleiner The Health Hazards of Computers: A Guide to Worrying Intelligently

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Whole Earth R Mander Six Grave Doubts About Computers

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Whole Earth R Illich Silence is a Commons: Computers Are Doing to Communication What …

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Whole Earth R Brand Uncommon Courtesy: A School of Compassionate Skills

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Whole Earth R Kayes Force Without Power: A Doctrine of Unarmed Military Service

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Threat Steele Mother Nature as Terrorist

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Threat Steele 9-11: Who’s To Blame?  One Man’s Opinion

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Threat Thompson Is the Terrorism Threat Over-Rated?

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Threat Daly Globalization & National Defense (Ecological Economics)

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Threat Palmer The Real Axis of Evil: 44 Dictators

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Threat Peters Early Warning of Disease From Pattern Analysis

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Threat Vlahos The Muslim Renovatio and U.S. Strategy

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Threat Vlahos The Muslims Are Coming

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Threat Vlahos Insurgency Within Islam

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Threat Danzip Countering Traumatic Attacks

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Threat Emerson & Steele American Jihad Map

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Threat Steele ACFR, 19 Cities: 9-11, U.S. Intelligence, & the Real World

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Threat Steele Georgetown/AWC: Non-Traditional Threats

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Threat Steele TAKEDOWN: Targets, Tools, & Technocracy

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Threat Steele 6th National Threat Symposium: New Directions in Information Sharing

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Threat Pelton Robert Young Pelton on Dangerous World

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Threat Steele Three Book Review Relevant to Global War on Terror (GWOT)

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Threat Copeland Analysis of the New Paradigm for Terrorism

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Threat Manwaring Street Gangs: New Urban Insurgency

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Threat Betts The Next Intelligence Failure: The Limits of Prevention

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Threat Jongman World Conflict and Human Rights Map 2001-2002

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Threat Wheaton Transitions from Authoritarian Rule: A Model

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Threat Wheaton Virtual Afghanistan: Modeling a Transition from Authoritarian Rule

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Threat Godson Governments and Gangs

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Threat O’Malley Countering the Business Intelligence Threat

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Threat Winkler Electronic Industrial Espionage: Defining Ground Zero

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