Tom Clancy was an insurance broker with a passion for naval history who dreamed of writing a novel. In 1984, his first effort, The Hunt for Red October -- about a Russian submarine captain who defects, along with his sub, to the United States -- catapulted onto the New York Times best-seller list after U.S. President Reagan pronounced it "non-put-downable." Clancy, who originated the literary genre known as the techo-thriller, has since established himself as a master at building realistic fictional scenarios by "turning up the volume" on current events. Thomas L. Clancy, Jr. was born the 12th of April 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland and was educated at Baltimore's Loyola College. He currently lives Maryland, USA.

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