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Audio Interview with Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy, known today for novels such as The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, The Sum of All Fears, and Clear and Present Danger, worked for years in the insurance business before churning out his long list of best-sellers.

At the time of this interview, he just published his first novel, The Hunt for Red October, a thriller that is based on true events.

Despite his common military themes, Clancy tells Swaim that he was never a military man. He was led by pure curiosity.

To hear more about the real story behind the novel, click on the link below.

Listen to the Tom Clancy interview with Don Swaim, December 14, 1984
(12 min, 55 sec)

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Two years later, Clancy returns to talk about his number 1 best-selling novel co-authored with Larry Bond, Red Storm Raising. The book depicts the war of the future, but every weapon used is real and the description of its use is accurate.

He talks about the procedure the United States uses to go to war, the tragedies can happen to the citizens of a country that has no due process – as seen in Russia, and the concept of war in the 20th Century.

Clancy says he regrets not being able to serve in the military. He said the military is a theme he will continue to write about. But he says he’s enjoying himself as a writer.

“Writing is the most fun I’ve ever had with anything,” he said. “I feel like a kid with his toy trains, but I have tanks and ship.”

To hear more from Clancy, click on the link below.

Listen to the Tom Clancy interview with Don Swaim, August 7, 1986
(23 min, 48 sec)

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