Wednesday, April 29, 2009


In 1984, 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. Decades earlier, he had majored in English at Baltimore’s Loyola College and dreamed of writing a novel. It was his passion for military facts and figures and his deep him the necessary background to achieve that dream.

His first novel, The Hunt for Red October (1984), is about a Russian submarine captain who defects, along with his sub, to the United States was a best seller. The book reached The New York Times best-seller list after President Ronald Reagan pronounced it “the perfect yarn” and “non-putdownable.”
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