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Tom Clancy , Jr. (Ret) General Franks , Boyd Gaines , Ken Jenkins
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Feb. 1 2002 Study in Command

Tom Clancy has explored the military and security issues of our time in a brilliant series of novels. Now he takes us into the heart and mind of a remarkable military leader to show us the nature of war and command from the inside.

Based on the story of America's greatest military triumph since World War II -- the victory over Iraq in the Gulf War -- Into the Storm tells us how leaders learn and grow, and how they forge people, elements and forces together into a campaign of power and precision. We hear how General Frederick M. Franks, Jr. commanded the armor and infantry of VII Corps, the main coalition force that broke the back of Iraq's Republican Guard. Beyond that, Into the Storm describes the transformation of an army traumatized by the Vietnam War and the metamorphosis of a man devastated by the loss of a leg in that war. The former once again became the world's most powerful force; the latter, the first amputee active-duty general since the Civil War.

Together the story of that army, that man, and the war they fought make Into the Storm an instant classic of military history.


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Tom Clancy's latest love-letter to the military-industrial complex focuses on the Army--and Fred Franks, a general who helped smash Iraq in the Gulf War. In this first volume of a series on the intricacies of military command, Clancy traces the organizational success story of the U.S. Army's rise from the slough of Vietnam to the heights of victory in the Persian Gulf. In 1972, the Army lacked proper discipline, training, weapons, and doctrine; all these would be overhauled in the next 15 years. For those readers keen on such nuts and bolts, the book will be fascinating. But the book truly sparkles when Franks tells his story. A "tanker" who lost a foot in the invasion of Cambodia, he is a man of great courage, thoughtfulness, and integrity. One cannot help but wince when a civilian tells him, "You and those boys did that for nothing." And for all the acronyms and military history, that is what this book is about: healing the wounds Vietnam inflicted. "But this time [the Gulf War], it was going to end differently. They all would see to that." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Too long, too myopic, and too complaining! Nov. 9 2003
Format:Hardcover
I was disappointed with this book. I have really enjoyed Clancy's other fact based books, but this one came up short. With Gen Fred Franks (an American Hero, no doubt, and not to be confused with Tommy Franks from a decade later) Tom Clancy wrote this detailled account of 7 Corps actions during the Gulf War in 1991.
--The book is very long winded. It just doesn't get into the action, and approaches the story with a patronizingly long professorial on military thought that really amounts to little. He spends half the book describing how the US army got itself into trouble from Vietnam and an overfocus on the Cold War which did not address all the mission areas required. That background is important, but it is too long and too academic. Then he goes on to spend pages and pages and pages describing a 4 day drive across the desert, skipping several details -- such as the Air Campaign which made that possible. Make no mistake, the details are there and the story is interesting, but boy does it take a long time to come out. Also -- I am not belittling the valor of our forces then or now. Exciting as the brief ground campaign was in 1991, it pales beside the recent performance of 3 ID, 1 MEF and our Brit allies in Spring 2003. They went a lot further, with less forces and certainty, at a much more rapid pace. That story deserves a long treatment, and I am looking forward to some good books on it when the time comes.
--Into the Storm is also very myopic. Gen Franks perspective is very limited to what his division was doing, and not the entire war. Perhaps without meaning to he neglects the contributions made by the other services and neighboring divisions. Having been thru some battles myself, I know that it is hard to make any sense out of battle.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No thanks to Schwarzkopf Aug. 29 2002
Format:Paperback
This book describes General Fred Franks' life and especially his experiences during Desert Storm, the war in the Persian Gulf to kick Iraq out of Kuwait.
To really like this book you need to be a bit of a military fanatic. Fred Franks repeats so many times how wonderful it is to be a soldier, and how great the "warrior ethos" is, that you realize that for him the military is practically a religion.
The thing in this book that I found the most interesting are the descriptions of the magnitude of military might that was fielded during Desert Storm.
The VII Corps (commanded by Gen. Franks) included 146,000 soldiers, 50,000 vehicles (incl. 1,600 tanks) and 800 helicopters. Not only are these numbers huge, but the logistics involved are mind-boggling: the soldiers need food and water, and the vehicles and aircraft burned an incredible 3.2 million gallons of fuel each day. When fighting the VII Corps expended 2,500 tons of ammunition every day.
And VII Corps was only part of the military forces involved. There was another Army corps, there were Marine units, there was the Air Force and the Navy. An amazing marshalling of military forces, and all under the command of General Stormin' Norman Schwarzkopf (more about him later).
I found the book interesting, but it does have a lot of problems. It's way too long, mostly due to repetitiveness. With some editing it could have been cut down by at least 30% with no loss of information.
Another problem is that there are no useful maps. There are a lot of small maps, about 1/3 of a page each, but they simply don't show enough detail. Again and again you find the text referring to some town or road or river and they simply aren't on the maps.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book with an identity crisis June 8 2009
Format:Paperback
This is a book that doesn't know what it wants to be. Is it a biography of General Franks? A story of the Gulf War? A history of the army? A study of command? A study of military strategies and tactics? The truth is that it's all of these and none of these at the same time. It doesn't go deep enough into any of these to get a full understanding of them, but it's got bits and pieces of each thrown around all over the place. Thats not to say the book doesn't have it's merits. The sections of on General Franks in Vietnam and his injuries are interesting and so are the sections on the combat and strategies of Gulf War. The problem is that these good sections of the book are hidden amongst pages of useless information. Seriously, I know logistics are important but do they really need to spend 40 pages outlining every detail of it. I found myself skipping entire chapters because there was just so much filler and useless info. This book could really have used a good editor. If you have the patience to wade through all the filler and have an interest in the army/the gulf war/military tactics and command, there is a good book here. If you don't have that kind of patience, look elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The truth Nov. 29 2007
Format:Paperback
Although not as good a read as Clancy's fiction works, INTO THE STORM: A Study in Command accomplishes what it set out to do. It provides the reader with a case study of modern military command techniques at work in the harsh, complex environment of Desert Storm.

Through Clany, Franks, often in his own words, guides us through his thought processes in planning and executing the largest movement of armored froces since World War II. Although dry at times, it is a useful study, especially for military officers.

On a personal level, I was more than pleased that Gen Franks received his day in court in light of all the criticism laid at his feet about the pace of VII Corps during the ground war.

I was compelled to find out what I always assumed was true; namely, if Schwartzkopf was so concerned about VII Corps tempo, why did he not leave his bunker in the rear and fly into the Corps Area of Operations and see for himself what was going on? While the book does not answer this question for me, it does clarify that Gen Franks never received a speed up order from CENTCOM.

Overall, Into the Storm is a great book for the serious student of military art and science.

If you are looking for another RED STORM RISING, this certainly isn't it. It's value lies in the insight it provides on the workings of the American Army at war, under the guidance of skilled, dedicated individuals
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent study in the requirements of leadership
There are a lot of books out there about leadership, but most of them are useless and stupid. This book, however, is extremely valuable as a tool to teach leadership. Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2003 by TC
4.0 out of 5 stars An insight into modern warfare
This book is part biography, part history and part modern combat command handbook. General Fred Franks commanded the US VII Corps during Desert Storm and therefore had direct... Read more
Published on July 17 2002 by JW
5.0 out of 5 stars War Strategies and Techniques
Oh boy this book was incredible. Anyone who has ever wanted to be general or military leader this book tells you what you need. Read more
Published on May 4 2002 by "ja1864"
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Look at the Ground War
Clancy really did an average job with this book. I have also read the other book in this new series he is putting out "Every Man A Tiger" and I have to say that Into the Storm is... Read more
Published on April 23 2002 by John G. Hilliard
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating as biography, flawed as history
Since this is one of the relatively few popularly-available, yet widely-distributed, histories of the Gulf War published to date, I approached this with certain mixed feelings. Read more
Published on March 19 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
This book is interesting at points. The chapters regarding General Franks experiences in Viet Nam and his recovery from his wounds are very interesting. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Leadership in Print
This book should be rated as one of the top three books dealing with OPERATION DESERT STORM. This is General Frederick Franks' story complete with inspiring leadership vignettes... Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2001 by Kevin R. Austra
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing look at military strategy in Desert Storm...
Desert Storm was a superbly planned operation, which applied Clauswitz tactics with American chilvary. Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2001 by R. Setliff
3.0 out of 5 stars Into the Storm
General Franks tends to spend too much time trying to vindicate himself from the criticizm he recieved during and following the War. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2001
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