Into The Storm: A Study In Command Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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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.
From Library Journal
Clancy combines three stories in this remarkable narrative. He shows how the U.S. Army recovered from the debacle of Vietnam, how a young officer named Fred Franks was able to return from losing a leg in Cambodia and become an integral part of this resurrection, and how all this prepared Franks to lead one corps of the reborn army to victory over the Iraqi Republican Guard during Operation Desert Storm. Clancy presents this tale in a clear and well-organized manner that frequently allows Franks to tell his own story. The description of the 100 hours of Desert Storm, with all of its excitement, confusion, and unpredictability, is Clancy at his best. The reading by Boyd Gaines and Ken Jenkins is excellent. Gaines reads the narrative in a clear and well-paced voice that is pleasing and engaging. Jenkins reads General Franks's dialog with great feeling and disciplined intensity. Indeed, he is the general. This contrast is complementary and enhances a fine work. For popular collections.?Michael T. Fein, Catawba Valley Community Coll., Hickory, N.C.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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AFTER the evening briefing and a brief talk to his staff and the liaison officers from subordinate units, Fred Franks went back to his sleeping shelter. Read the first page
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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.Read more ›
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
--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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Sept. 11 2003 by TC
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 morePublished on July 17 2002 by JW
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 morePublished on May 4 2002
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 morePublished on April 23 2002 by John G. Hilliard
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 morePublished on March 19 2002
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 morePublished on Dec 16 2001
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 morePublished on Oct. 25 2001 by Kevin R. Austra
Desert Storm was a superbly planned operation, which applied Clauswitz tactics with American chilvary. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2001 by R. Setliff
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