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Into the Storm: On the Ground in Iraq (Commanders') [Paperback]

Tom Clancy , Fred Franks , General Frederick M. Franks Jr
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21 July 2000 Commanders'
Part of Tom Clancy's "New Commander" military history series, this book looks at the operational aspects of war. It provides analysis of military operations in Iraq during the Gulf War, through the eyes of General Frederick M. Franks Jr.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd; UNKNOWN edition (21 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0283072822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283072826
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,566,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Clancy is a household name. His thrillers - including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger - have topped the bestseller lists the world over, and become the basis of some of the biggest-name movies of our time. General Fred Franks is the general who helped to smash lraq in the Gulf War. He lost his lower leg in the invasion of Cambodia. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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...I read this book two years ago...The book provides a good narrative of the ground war in the Gulf War particularly from a senior command point of view. Not unsurprisingly it dwells as much on the interaction between commanders as on the troops and fighting. Inevitably any military history book written by one of the commanders on the spot tends to be self serving. Thus Fred Franks is invariably right! Tom Clancy's somewhat uncritical style exacerbates the self serving tendency as he accepts the words of his co-author at face value.
Despite the above criticisms I would still recommend this book to anyone interested in examining all aspects of the Gulf War. It will be many years before enough classified information enters the public arena to allow professional historians to attempt to dispassionately dissect the Gulf War. Until that day this type of military history fills a gap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of the gulf 24 Jan 2001
An excellent, through and graphic account of life in the gulf war. Somewhat moving in parts with Clancy's usual techno info aswell. A good read.
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The first part of the book has interesting details about the Army's transition from the problems of the 1970's to the professional force of the 1990's. Once the focus turns to Desert Shield/Storm, the book moves at a slower pace; almost too slow.
Gen Franks spends too much time giving us the minute details of his planning and execution steps. Although it gives the reader a good perspective of what a general's life was like in this type of operation, I often found myself getting lost in the details (and I was there!).
This is not a Clancy-type book, as we have normally encountered in the past. Also, Gen Franks too often defends past criticisms from members of his chain-of-command (Gen Schwarzkopf, etc) that may have occurred during and after the operation.
An OK book if you're interested in the Gulf War or the Army of the 1990's. Not a thriller.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No thanks to Schwarzkopf 12 July 2004
This book describes General Fred Franks' life and especially his experiences during Desert Storm, the war in 1991 in the Persian Gulf to kick Iraq out of Kuwait.
To really like this book you need to be a bit of a military fanatic. Fred Franks repeats so many times how wonderful it is to be a soldier, and how great the "warrior ethos" is, that you realize that for him the military is practically a religion.
The thing in this book that I found the most interesting are the descriptions of the magnitude of military might that was fielded during Desert Storm.
The American Army VII Corps (commanded by Gen. Franks) included 146,000 soldiers, 50,000 vehicles (incl. 1,600 tanks) and 800 helicopters. Not only are these numbers huge, but the logistics involved are mind-boggling: the soldiers need food and water, and the vehicles and aircraft burned an incredible 3.2 million gallons of fuel each day. When fighting the VII Corps expended 2,500 tons of ammunition every day.
And VII Corps was only part of the military forces involved. There was another Army corps, there were Marine units, there was the Air Force and the Navy, and forces from quite a few other countries. An amazing marshalling of military forces, and all under the command of General Stormin' Norman Schwarzkopf (more about him later).
I found the book interesting, but it does have a lot of problems. It's way too long, mostly due to repetitiveness. With some editing it could have been cut down by at least 30% with no loss of information.
Another problem is that there are no useful maps. There are a lot of small maps, about 1/3 of a page each, but they simply don't show enough detail. Again and again you find the text referring to some town or road or river and they simply aren't on the maps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 Mar 2004
This is a must read for all who are interested in armoured warfare strategy and tactics. There are many leadership and management principles from VII Corps Commander Fred Franks to take away with broad applications to other aspects in life, especially business.
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3.0 out of 5 stars i am looking forward to reading this one.... 12 July 1999
By A Customer
forgive me for not reading this book as of yet...i am interested in the fact that some credit is given to this dear man...i was one of his crewchiefs for his uh-60 blackhawk helicopters in germany and in saudi arabia...looking to compare notes...i hope that i will not find this book to be egotistically based on franks the way...sir...if you read this...this is your female crewchief (Sunshine)...jayhawk (wonder if you mentioned major martinez, your aid...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 30 Jun 1999
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INTO THE STORM is a fascinating account of modern strategy and tactics under the ultimate test of combat. I found it particularly interesting because I'd just read the new WWII novel, THE TRIUMPH AND THE GLORY, and it was enlightening to compare the tactics and weaponry of the old days with the high-tech battlefield of today.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Audio is the only way to go! 2 Mar 1999
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After listening to the last two Clancy novels on tape, I checked out his INTO THE STORM from the local library. I'm glad I did! Whittled done to what really matters, this book about the VII Corps actions in the Gulf War through the eyes of its commander, General Fred Franks, is an inciteful look at the modern U.S. Army. I was most interested in Frank's comments about his misunderstandings with General Schwartzkopf. With all of our advancements in communications, it's baffling to see how leaders and subordinates still mess up the chain of command!
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