Twenty years ago Tom Clancy was an obscure Maryland insurance broker with a
passion for naval history and only a letter to the editor and a brief article on
the MX missile to his credit. Years before, he had been an English major at
Baltimores Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His
first effort, The Hunt for Red October sold
briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the New York Times
bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it the perfect yarn and
non-put-downable. Since then Clancy has established himself as an
undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate
plotting, and razor-sharp suspense.
Clancys next novel, Red Storm Rising, took on U.S./Soviet tension by providing a realistic modern war scenario arising from a conventional Soviet attack on NATO. Other bestsellers followed: Patriot Games dealt with terrorism; Cardinal of the Kremlin focused on spies, secrets and the strategic defense initiative; Clear and Present Danger asked what if there was a real war on drugs; The Sum of All Fears centered around post-Cold War attempts to rekindle U.S./Soviet animosity; Without Remorse took on the rising U.S. drug trade and Vietnam War era POWs; and Debt of Honor explored the hazards of American/Japanese economic competition, the vulnerability of Americas financial system, and the dangers of military downsizing. In light of recent events, Debt of Honor demonstrated once and for all Clancys cutting-edge prescience in predicting future events. The novel ends with a suicide attack against the U.S. Capitol Building by a terrorist flying a 747 out of Dulles airport.
Clancys uninterrupted string of best sellers continued with Executive Orders, which combined the threat of biological and conventional terrorism with the instability of the Persian Gulf region; Rainbow Six, which explored the dual threats posed by former Soviet intelligence operatives willing to sell themselves to the highest bidder, and genetically engineering bio weapons; and, most recently, The Bear and The Dragon, which posited a limited war between China, the U.S. and Russia.
Clancys nonfiction works include Submarine, Armored Cav, Fighter Wing, Marine, and Airbornea series of guided tours of Americas warfighting assets. He has also written three books in an extraordinary nonfiction series that looks deep into the art of war through the eyes of Americas outstanding military commanders. Into The Storm: A Study in Command, written with armor and infantry General Fred Franks Jr., and Every Man a Tiger, written with Air Force General Chuck Horner, won unanimous praise for their detailed exploration of traditional war-fighting from the ground and from the air. The third book in the Commanders series, Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces, written with General Carl Stiner, former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, tells the story of the soldiers whose training, resourcefulness, and creativity make them capable of jobs that few other soldiers can handle, in situations where traditional arms and movement dont apply.
This biography was last updated on 07/06/2010.
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