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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; Berkley trade paperback ed edition (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425166821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425166826
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Clancy is the world's favorite international thriller author. Starting with The Hunt For Red October, all of Mr. Clancy's books have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Mr. Clancy lives in Maryland and owns an interest in the Baltimore Orioles.

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Tom Clancy is America's, and the world's, favorite international thriller author. Starting with THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, all thirteen of his previous books have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. His books, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, PATRIOT GAMES, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER and THE SUM OF ALL FEARS have been made into major motion pictures. He lived in Maryland where he was a co-owner of the Baltimore Orioles.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
Clancy's newest non-fiction book continues the tradition of excellence in explaining to the common person a specific aspect of the military, this time a Carrier Battle Group. Clancy not only focuses on the current status of the CVBG's, but also tells the history, and what he believes the future of the CVBG's will be. The book is filled with historical, as well as technical facts about CVBG's, and also discusses many of the future plans for the United States Navy. A must-have book for anyone interested in the past, present, or future of United States Navy Carriers.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John G. Hilliard on April 19, 2002
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This is just a wonderful book on the topic. Clancy and co. have done a great job of taking the reader through the ships in question and really explaining the different types, parts, and jobs associated with an Aircraft Carrier. Clancy also does a good job in explaining what it is like to live and work on one of these ships. He also takes us through some of the training that takes place to get into the job. He also adds a good amount of detail of what the typical types of missions these ships and battle groups have today, what they did in the cold war and the possible missions upcoming.
I was surprised at the number of countries that also have aircraft carriers not to mention the different types the U.S has. Clancy takes us through a long inventory of all the different countries that have aircraft carriers today, what kind of ships they are and what are the strengths and weaknesses of the model. Another interesting part of the book was the description of all the countries currently making the aircraft carriers and how good / bad they are at it. I enjoyed the fact that the catapult technology really only comes the U.S. as no one else has mastered it.
Overall this was an interesting, easy to read and very informative book. If you are interested in aircraft carriers then this should be your first stopping point. A good book well worth the money.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. H. Bayliss on July 25, 2001
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This is a most unusual book in that it goes into excruciating detail about the Navy, the Air Force and carriers. In fact, even though I found it fascinating reading, it's more than most people would want to know unless you're a real fanatic. At times I felt that a foreign power could learn how to duplicate our success by reading this book -- hopefully Clancy left some military secrets a secret!
The most enjoyable parts of the book for me were the descriptions of the pilot training (and the amazing prowess of Navy flyers who have to catch a "string" upon landing so they don't fly right off the deck), life aboard a carrier and the interview with the navy official. The chapters devoted to the layout and structure of the carriers were less interesting from my point of view.
A very detailed approach to carriers and their role in protecting our role in world affairs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 1999
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I am a great fan of Tom Clancy. Over the years I have come to buy his novels without reading the resume or write up, but just by knowing that he wrote it. Of course yet again I wasn't disapointed. The book contains fine detail and information concerning US carriers of today, but also gives us a good view of the past and future designs. If anyone would like to gather and understand the function and works of these massive ships, I couldn't suggest a better book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
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For those who like Clancy novels, this non-fiction work will not be a disappointment. Clancy meticulously details every possible facet of a carrier's operation, including the history of aircraft carriers, as well as the planes, bombs, and missiles. After reading this book, you'll want to read Clancy's other non-fiction books on other facets of military hardware.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1999
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I thought that overall layout of the book was excellent. Just the way that he expertly described everything in detail was amazing. I also like all the graphs and charts and the like.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 1999
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I've seen lots of movies and television programs which have featured carrier operations (such as VICTORY AT SEA and BRIDGES AT TOKO-RI) and have read books such as Bogeys and Bandits which have described how tricky it can be to land on an aircraft carrier. But Tom Clancy's latest nonfiction work covers the whole gamut of carrier operations, from the evolution of aircraft carriers to the construction of today's aircraft carriers, to the different aircraft, to the personnel--the pilots, catapult officers and flight directors, for example. This book should be read by anyone who is interested in the Navy or in naval aviation. I only wish I had had this book before Operation Desert Fox--it would have been a wonderful reference to keep by my radio and computer as I followed the events from the Persian Gulf theater.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darlene E. Mathieu on January 16, 2006
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As always, Tom Clancy's research into a subject is beyond reproach. As a veteran of 28 years involved in Naval air (and the son of a Naval officer with the same tenure), it's good to be brought up to date by someone I respect in this arena. Clancy does a great job of getting one through the "An Officer and a Gentleman" Pensacola experience, and into the ready room.
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