HOT BLAST: Remembering Tom Clancy
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Tom Clancy (AP Photo/G.P. Putnam Sons, David Burnett)
Tom Clancy (AP Photo/G.P. Putnam Sons, David Burnett)
Novelist Tom Clancy died Tuesday at age 66. He is best known for The Hunt for Red October, which was a bestseller and later a popular film.

As The New York Times noted:

Seventeen of his novels were No. 1 New York Times best sellers, including his most recent, “Threat Vector,” which was released in December 2012. More than 100 million copies of his books are in print. ...

Mr. Clancy was an insurance salesman when he sold his first novel, “The Hunt for Red October,” to the Naval Institute Press for only $5,000. ...

The book took off when President Ronald Reagan, who had received a copy, called it “my kind of yarn” and said that he couldn’t put it down.

In 2008, the outspoken author granted an interview to Foreign Policy. In it, he was asked about Barack Obama:

Barack Obama's going to be like that. They do things in accordance with their visions. Obama gave a good speech last night. There's no way I'm going to vote for him. But he gave a good speech. How’s he going to eliminate our dependence on foreign oil in 10 years? You don't vote for his skin; you vote for his brain. He gives a great speech, I'll grant him that. But what will he risk his life over? What will he kill over? He's a lawyer; all lawyers do is cut deals.

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