Author Tom Clancy died unexpectedly on Tuesday at the age of 66. He was born in 1947 and read naval history instead of the standard children’s literature. He attempted to join the Army R.O.T.C. but was told he was nearsighted. The accuracy of his descriptions of submarines and weaponry came from his readings of technical manuals and interviews with experts.
Tom Clancy published his first book, The Hunt of Red October, in 1984. This book was the first work of fiction published through the Naval Institute Press in Annapolis. Clancy approached them after being rejected by major publishers. The paperback book was picked up by Berkley Publishing. He went on to publish many other books featuring Jack Ryan, with the final one, Command Authority, to be published December 3. A number of Clancy books became blockbuster movies, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger.
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