Tom Clancy: A Critical Companion

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This, the first book-length critical study of Clancy's writing, examines both the work and the man who is reflected in it: his knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes. In Clancy's eight novels, discussed and analyzed in separate chapters, we see both the emerging hero and the changing author. One of the most topical contemporary writers, Clancy has written of the Cold War, terrorism, the Vietnam War, the drug culture, and trade wars. Helen Garson's close examination of each of Clancy's novels helps the reader with ...
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Overview

This, the first book-length critical study of Clancy's writing, examines both the work and the man who is reflected in it: his knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes. In Clancy's eight novels, discussed and analyzed in separate chapters, we see both the emerging hero and the changing author. One of the most topical contemporary writers, Clancy has written of the Cold War, terrorism, the Vietnam War, the drug culture, and trade wars. Helen Garson's close examination of each of Clancy's novels helps the reader with explication of this wide-ranging and often difficult subject matter. Each novel is examined in its own chapter, with sections on plot development, characters, style, and themes. Garson also offers an alternative critical approach to each novel, giving the reader an additional perspective from which to read and analyze it. A biographical chapter discusses Clancy's life and career and the critical response to his work. A chapter on genre places him in the popular tradition. A complete bibliography of Clancy's work, critical sources, and a listing of reviews of all of his novels complete the work. Clancy's popularity with adults and young adults makes this an essential purchase for school and public libraries.
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A critical study of Clancy's writing, discussing his eight novels in separate chapters, with material on plot development, characters, style, and themes, and offering perspectives from alternative critical approaches including mass culture theory, historicism, and myth criticism. Includes a biographical chapter on the author's life, career, and critical responses to his work, and a bibliography of his work, critical sources, and reviews of his novels. For general readers, especially young adults. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

HELEN S. GARSON is Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword by Kathleen Gregory Klein

About Tom Clancy

In the Popular Tradition

The Hunt for Red October

Red Storm Rising

Patriot Games

The Cardinal of the Kremlin

Clear and Present Danger

The Sum of all Fears

Without Remorse

Debt of Honor

Bibliography

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