Clancy had a dream, and that was to do nothing more than publish a book, and one day find his name in the Library of Congress catalog. These two things on his "bucket list" were accomplished in his lifetime.
With the success of "The Hunt for Red October" in 1984, readers of techno-thrillers were introduced to Jack Ryan, Clancy's most famous character. "Red October" was to catapult Clancy to the top of the Best Sellers lists, where he remained until his death.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Clancy attended Loyola Blakefield in Towson, Maryland, graduating with the class of 1965. He then attended Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, graduating in 1969. Before turning to writing as a career, Clancy ran an independent insurance agency for a short time.
Tom Clancy was a lifelong Republican who supported conservative views of government. Many of his novels bear this philosophy with dedications to conservative political figures, most notably Ronald Reagan. Clancy was not afraid to express his views, either.
His 1994 book, Debt of Honor included a scenario where a disgruntled Japanese character crashes a Boeing 747 into the U.S. Capitol dome during an address by the President to a joint session of Congress, killing the President and most of Congress.
The plot bore a frightening similarity to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. This led to several televised interviews, including one on PBS's Charlie Rose, where the implications of the attack in his book were discussed in light of the 9-11 attacks.
Tom Clancy will be missed, may he rest in peace.