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Into the Storm: A Study in Command
     

Into the Storm: A Study in Command

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by Tom Clancy, Frederick M Franks
 

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  In his brilliant, bestselling novels, Tom Clancy has explored the most timely military and security issues of our generation. Now he takes readers deep into the operational art of war with this insightful look at one of the greatest American military triumphs since World War II: the Gulf War.

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  In his brilliant, bestselling novels, Tom Clancy has explored the most timely military and security issues of our generation. Now he takes readers deep into the operational art of war with this insightful look at one of the greatest American military triumphs since World War II: the Gulf War.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Having conquered the best sellers lists in both the fiction and nonfiction arenas, Clancy now offers the first in a series of historical accounts of American military leaders in times of war. His first target: the Gulf War.
Booknews
This is the first of a series of nonfiction works by the author known for his military fiction, exploring the hearts and minds of four American military leaders active in the Gulf War to reveal the nature of war and command from the inside. Includes b&w diagrams and maps. No index. For general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher
"A ground-level account of the Persian Gulf War."—Los Angeles Times

"A damned exciting read...A fascinating blend of a first-person account, a third-person narrative, a compact analysis of military philosophy and war fighting theory, and an absorbing piece of history."—Armor Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429586788
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Series:
Commander Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
768
Sales rank:
408,787
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"A ground-level account of the Persian Gulf War."—Los Angeles Times

"A damned exciting read...A fascinating blend of a first-person account, a third-person narrative, a compact analysis of military philosophy and war fighting theory, and an absorbing piece of history."—Armor Magazine

Meet the Author

At one time, 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 Baltimore’s Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red Octoberthe story of a Russian submarine captain who defects to the United Statessold 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.



Clancy’s 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 POW’s; and Debt of Honor explored the hazards of American/Japanese economic competition, the vulnerability of America’s financial system, and the dangers of military downsizing. In light of the events of September 11, 2001, Debt of Honor demonstrated once and for all Clancy’s 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.





Clancy’s 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 The Bear and The Dragon, which posited a limited war between China, the U.S. and Russia.





Clancy’s nonfiction works include Submarine, Armored Cav, Fighter Wing, Marine, and Airbornea series of guided tours of America’s 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 America’s 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 don’t apply.  






Brief Biography

Hometown:
Huntingtown, Maryland
Date of Birth:
April 12, 1947
Date of Death:
October 1, 2013
Place of Birth:
Baltimore, Maryland
Education:
Loyola High School in Towson, Maryland, 1965; B.A. in English, Loyola College, 1969

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Into the Storm: A Study in Command 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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I picked this book up in hopes of learning more about the Gulf War. It starts out giving you a history of Fred Franks service and was interesting. Then it gets into the art of war with a lot of definitions and strategies of war. While this may be interesting to some, it is probably boring to the more casual non-military reader such as myself. Then if finally gets back to the Gulf. While it was boring at times it is fairly interesting reading and points out that the Gulf War was not a cake walk for the warriors that fought day and night for victory. The book could probably lose about 150-200 pages and it would be a little more to the point and hold the readers interest. I gave it 4 stars because it does a good job of recognizing the great job the service men did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book was the best, Franks and Clancy are great. I love this book and I would love to see more books like this one. I hope that people will love this book as much as I do. Franks and Clancy are the best!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book covers the story of the US Army, and one officer in particular, as they recovered from the Viet Nam era, and went on to their astounding victory in the Deserts of Iraq and Kuwait. If you want to see just what those stars on a General's collar mean, read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent and heartfelt portrayal of Desert Storm by a fabulous person, my cousin once removed, General Frederick Franks. I have had the honor to meet him, and the book does little justice to this wonderful man. Clancy's writing does nice service to the cause, but the perspective from Franks himself steals the show. The experience in Cambodia where he lost his leg was incredibly moving. I think it was a fine book and would highly recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clancy and Franks have combined to write a terrific account of the parallel transformation of General Franks and the US Army, both wounded in Vietnam. This book could serve as a primer for the reader who wants to understand the doctrine of US Army armored and mechanized warfare.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tom Clancy hit the jackpot again with another fabulous story. This inspiring novel has a great plot and is another great techno-military thriller. This is one of the best that Clancy has to offer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book dragged on forever. Considering how many times ideas and topics were reiterated I think there may have been 100-150 actual pages of content...the rest was repetetive filler. I also got the impression from Franks that he wanted to make this book his own personal vendeta against General Schwartzkopf. I'm sorry they did not get along, but another forum should have been used to express their differences. If you have not read this book yet....don't start now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just another of his books where some military type 'helps' him write. Boooooring.