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Every man a tiger
Clancy, Tom, 1947-2013.
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New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, [1999]

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6 audio discs (approximately 6 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
The story of how the U.S. Air Force, a service damaged by the Vietnam experience, reinvented itself through vision, determination, and hard work, and of how war itself has changed fundamentally in the last decade of this century, not only in the new dominance of air power but in all its aspects.
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Combining a broad experience of all aspects of aerial warfare with a deep respect for and knowledge of Arab culture, Gen. Chuck Horner commanded the U.S. and allied air assets during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Every Man a Tiger tells a riveting story of speed, accuracy, and initiative as well as smoke, blood, fear, and courage.


General Chuck Horner an aerial warfare expert was the man behind the U.S. along with allied air assets during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. For the first time ever, hear Chuck's amazing experience of the war, and how they won it.

Author Notes

Tom Clancy was born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 12, 1947. He graduated with a degree in English from Loyola College in 1969, became an insurance agent, and in 1973 became the owner of an insurance agency. It was not until 1980 that he started writing novels.

His works include Red Storm Rising, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, The Sum of All Fears, Rainbow Six, Dead or Alive, and Threat Vector. His books The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger were adapted into major motion pictures. He also wrote nonfiction books including Into the Storm: A Study in Command, Submarine, Armored Cav, Fighter Wing, Airborne, and Reality Check: What's Going on Out There? He died on October 2, 2013 at the age of 66. His last book, Command Authority, co-authored with Mark Greaney, was published posthumously in December 2013 and made the New York Times bestseller list.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Clancy's second study in high command of the U.S. armed forces (after Into the Storm, written with Army general Fred Franks) focuses on Air Force general Chuck Horner, the fighter pilot who was overall air commander for Desert Shield/Desert Storm. This book is less about the Gulf War than about the making of a modern fighter general and the remaking of a modern air force. Horner was part of a new Air Force generation that rejected the Strategic Air Command model of "predictability, order and control" in favor of a holistic approach to air power and air command. A firm believer in central control of air assets, Horner also regarded traditional distinctions between "strategic" and "tactical" air as no longer relevant. What mattered was the appropriate situational use of air power in an integrated war plan. The main text demonstrates Horner's success in implementing his concepts over Iraq. Though the narrative offers no startling insights or revelations, the authors make the important contribution of presenting command friction as a natural consequence of interaction among senior officers with high intelligence and strong wills. The implication is clear: to succeed in an unpredictable international environment, America's armed forces will need tigers at their head. Tigers are dangerous. They challenge each other. They take issue with higher wisdom and higher authority. And, according to the authors, they can be replaced by safely neutered house cats only at the country's peril. 500,000 first printing; $500,000 ad/promo; BOMC main selection; author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This book is an extended biography of and military commentary by retired Air Force General Horner as filtered through Clancy. Given that Clancy is the best-selling writer of such novels as The Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising, one would expect lucidity of prose and a logical presentation of topics, and that's just what the listener gets. In particular, we gain an informed appreciation of the changes wrought in the U.S. chain of command since the Vietnam debacle. To Horner, who served there, Vietnam demonstrated that a top-down command and information structure is precisely the wrong approach to military management. Sounding like a modern business adviser, he sees decentralization and empowerment at as many levels as possible as the way to go, and both he and former generals Norman Schwarzkopf and Colin Powell have been leaders in implementing that vision, to a vast improvement in service efficiency and morale. The author concentrates both on details of logistics and the war itself and comments on the personalities he encounters along the way. Reader Jonathan Marosz is adequate but unexceptional, delivering the tale with a matter-of-fact middle-American voice. Public and academic librarians will find this audiobook an asset to their history collections.--Don Wismer, Cary Memorial Lib., Wayne, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.