Thursday 26 Nov 2020 | 01:13 | SYDNEY
Thursday 26 Nov 2020 | 01:13 | SYDNEY

Taking Tom Clancy seriously


Sam Roggeveen


19 December 2007 07:58

Further to my contribution to our books of the year series (just below), this morning on the train I spotted someone reading Red Storm Rising. Having not seen this novel in years, it brought back a flood of memories about author Tom Clancy. I would guess that tens of thouands of people with a professional interest in international security issues have also enjoyed his novels. In fact, Clancy has sold millions of books and had his stories turned into successful films; not to mention he more or less invented the techno-thriller genre. So whatever might be said about the quality of his work (and I think The Hunt for Red October is a terrific novel), it probably deserves more respect and critical scrutiny, because he's had a greater indirect influence on debates about strategic and military issues than many more respected commentators.