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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.
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.
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 by "ja1864"
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