December 2, 2013
Thomas Leo "Tom" Clancy, Jr. was an American author and historian best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War, and for video games that bear his name for licensing and promotional purposes. Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books are in print. His name was also a brand for similar movie scripts written by ghost writers and non-fiction books on military subjects. He was a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles and Vice Chairman of their Community Activities and Public Affairs committees. Tom Clancy was born in Maryland in 1947, Clancy worked as an insurance broker before writing his first novel, The Hunt for Red October, in 1984. Ten of Clancy's books earned No. 1 rankings on The New York Times' best-seller list. More than 50 million copies of his books have been printed, and four have been made into movies. The book, which told the story of a Russian submarine crew's defection, made The New York Times' best-seller list after President Ronald Reagan openly praised it. Clancy's crafting of plausible military scenarios in the novel was so realistic that, almost immediately after its release, he became a favorite of the United States military. Some of his books even became required reading at U.S. military academies. Clancy dined with presidents; admirals and generals regularly gave him access to ships, submarines and aircraft; and Pentagon officials provided him material for upcoming projects. Tom Clancy would see 10 of his books earn No. 1 rankings on The New York Times' best-seller list during his lifetime. In addition to The Hunt for Red October, his published works include Red Storm Rising (1986), Patriot Games (1987), Cardinal of the Kremlin (1988), Clear and Present Danger (1989), The Sum of All Fears (1991), Without Remorse (1993), Debt of Honor (1994), Executive Orders (1996) and...
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