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on 21 July 1999
I'll begin by saying that the average civilian with no military background could learn a lot about the 82nd from this book. I do not, however, understand why a man would spend the time and energy writing a book and not get the facts straight. If there was something he wasn't sure on, he should have either left it out or asked the right people. If the PAO's restricted him, I understand. But I don't think that was the case. I was in B 2/504 PIR at the time this book was written and he could have stopped any grunt on the street and asked. For an example, I will use his errors in reporting on the weapons systems used in the infantry companies. Yes, the M240G and the MK19 are both used, however they certainly aren't found in the "heavy weapons platoon" of the rifle company. Anyone slightly familiar with the 82nd that the division doesn't have heavy weapon platoons in the rifle companies. Also the M224 mortar is supposedly used by the "heavy weapons squads" of the rifle platoon. Rifle paltoons do have weapons squads, but they do not contain mortars. The M224 is found in the headquarters platoon in the mortar section. Other errors such as these are numerous. In closing, I will say that if you enjoy military reading, go for it. But don't use Clancy's facts in a bar argument with a former airborne infantryman. Take what he says with a grain of salt.
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on 2 June 1999
First of all, the most distinguishing characteristic of all airborne troops is the Airborne "All the Way" attitude. Clancy devotes only one sentence to this unique airborne trait. Instead, he focuses on the equipment and toys instead of the men. Clancy has never been in the service--he would've known that hi-tech weaponry are just tools. The most dangerous weapon is the individual soldier with the desire to win. Someone tell this to Clancy. And what's with this endless comparison of the 82d to the USMC? The 82d will run circles around the Corps.
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on 24 May 1998
Once again, Clancey has presented the spearpoint of US military power in a highly detailed and readable light. An good solid book, but it didn't read quite as well as the others. Submarine was good, but not as detailed as Fighter Wing or Marine (obviously the best), and I found the editing in Airborne to be wanting (the consistent use of "though" at the end of a sentence should have been caught by the editor), but then again the subject of the book is so interesting and cool, who really cares about editing?
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on 1 February 1999
I am a great fan of Tom Clancy. Over the years I have come to buy his books 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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on 1 January 1999
I've spent 3 years in the 82D Airborne now. Most recently, my time has been within the 1st Brigade that Mr. Clancy writes about. This book would have been a * * * * read, except for a few errors made by the author. (we don't have any "stop" or "go" pills! yeouch! makes us sound like druggies!) I recommend this to anyone who wishes to learn about military contingency culture.
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on 4 December 1997
Like most of his books about the military, Tom Clancy presents military subjects in a way that most people, especially those that don't come from a military background, would understand and at the same time don't insult the readers intelligence by dumbing it down. This book is no exception since he writes in the same way as his other books.
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on 2 February 1998
Only Tom Clancy could give you such an in-depth look at the United States' rapid response forces. Interesting and a pleasure to read. I recommend Airborne to anyone who cares about how this country and it's armed forces prepare for battle.
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on 9 May 1999
If you like planes, and especially paratroopers, this is the book for you. It's great. The detail that this book goes into is amazing. I loved it.
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