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In 1982, Tom Clancy was a 35-year-old insurance agent in Owings, Maryland. With a small business to run, and growing family to support, his youthful ambition to become an author might have seemed far behind him. But he had never given up on his dream, and never stopped reading the military history and accounts of cutting-edge defense technology that had fascinated him since his youth.

One day, he read of an all-but-forgotten incident in which a Soviet ship's crew had attempted to mutiny and defect to the West. The incident fired his imagination, and he began to construct a sweeping narrative of suspense on the high seas. The Soviet vessel became a nuclear submarine, and the obscure news story became a new kind of thriller, replete with details of the complex systems of modern warfare. Working at home in the evening, and in spare moments at his office during the day, he spent two years writing a novel he called The Hunt for Red October. A first printing of Clancy's book, by the Naval Institute Press, caught the attention of a few members of the national security community and found its way to President Ronald Reagan. Reagan's praise spurred demand for the book and Tom Clancy was on his way to one of the most remarkable success stories in American publishing history.

After the disillusionment of the Vietnam War era, many readers were hungry for stories of heroism in the service of country, and for an insider's view of a brave new world of military technology. The Hunt for Red October and Clancy's following novels -- Red Storm Rising, Patriot Games, A Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears -- were among the biggest bestsellers of the era. His books, and the movie adaptations, television shows and video games they inspired, made him a millionaire many times over.

Tom Clancy's work provided readers around the world with a much-needed escape from the pressures of daily life, as well as valuable insight into the methods and strategies of modern warfare, and a deeper appreciation for the valor and dedication of those who risk their lives for a cause greater than themselves.

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