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Every Man a Tiger (1999)

by Tom Clancy

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Every Man A Tiger primarily covers the planning, the problems, and execution of the Gulf War air campaign through writing of Tom Clancy and it's commander General Chuck Horner. Instead of giving a blow-by-blow account of the Gulf War's air operations from August 1990 to March 1991, Clancy and Horner decided to give background of not only it's commander (Horner) but of the U.S. Air Force that deployed to Saudi Arabia in the fall of 1990. The quick, but thorough biography of Horner went hand in hand with a history of the Air Force especially on how the service almost collapsed during and immediately after Vietnam then how it was rebuilt into an effective fighting force by the time of the Gulf War.

This background information served well as Clancy and Horner described the planning of the Air Campaign, primarily how Horner along with other Vietnam veterans wanted to avoid the mistakes of the past as well as tackling the challenges of creating a Coalition Air Force. Once the war started, the authors wrote about various challenges that Horner and his command faced throughout the six weeks of exclusive air operations before the ground war began.

The thoroughness of this process is a highlight of this book. I have seen some reviews that dislike the biographical portion of Ever Man A Tiger and while I understand some of their compliants, however Horner's biography and the accompany history of the U.S. Air Force was integral in knowing why the air campaign was planned as it was. I will admit that I did get bogged down at times when the details got too technical, but those times were few and far between. Overall I recommend this book for anyone interested in an in-depth look at the planning and execution of military affairs related to the Gulf War or the Air Force. ( )
  mattries37315 | Sep 25, 2012 |
Two topics:
The development of USA's Air Force is outlined in the expected glowing terms.

More interestingly, and the reason to read this book, Chuck Horner's story of how he led the Air Force in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. ( )
  ferridder | Sep 20, 2009 |
I wish I could give negative stars - I'll summarise what this book has to say:
The American Air Force it great
It has great weapons
and the best tactics
and did I mention it was great?
and that it had the best people?
There's this one guy who was really cool - no seriously cool - look he did all these cool things like blowing stuff up - even when people didn't want him to blow it up.
Did I mention that the Air force is really cool and has the best weapons? Yes? Oh well it is very true so I'll mention it again! It has the best people and the best training you know because they're all so very very cool and hip and so American and well just generally great...
Repeat for more pages than any bookshelf should have to suffer holding. No book ever deserves burning, but in this case it's because it'd be an insult to the flames. ( )
1 vote rufty | Aug 29, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0399144935, Hardcover)

This Tom Clancy real-life military thriller is more nuanced than his novels, because its object is not simply to dramatize armed conflict but to relate the life lessons of his source, jet-pilot-turned-Desert-Storm-air-commander General Chuck Horner. Horner is no war cheerleader like General "Buck" Turgidson in Dr. Strangelove. He loathes the arrogance of the backwards, nuke-happy Strategic Air Command and the madly out-of-touch Vietnam War planner Robert McNamara. McNamara confesses his folly in two books, Argument Without End and In Retrospect, but Horner's you-are-there account more vividly demonstrates Vietnam's grim lessons. He flew an F-105 Thunderbird "Thud" fighter in the Wild Weasels, the unit with the highest medals-per-aircrew ratio, knew pilots who were stoned to death by villagers, and realized all the bombing did zero good. "All we really had to do was befriend Ho," says Horner sensibly. "Seems he wasn't part of a monolithic Communist plot, and hated the Chinese more than anything else." Horner is savvy about the screwups, the achievements, and the political maneuvering in and after the Gulf War, as leaders and branches of service battled for PR victories. His idea of a hero is Boomer McBroom's pilot Captain Gentner Drummond, who won a Flying Cross medal for refusing AWACS orders to down a jet that turned out to be a Saudi ally. Horner thinks the interservice and international cooperation in the Gulf War was way better than in Vietnam, but there's ample room for improvement. The action scenes aren't quite as brilliant as those in Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, but Clancy fans will find plenty to admire. Horner's improbable survival of a 150-m.p.h. near-crash in Libya in 1962 belongs in a Tom Clancy film. --Tim Appelo

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Examines the role of the U.S. Air Force in the Gulf War, focusing on the contributions of General Chuck Horner who served as commander of the U.S. and allied air campaign; provides insight into the rebuilding of the Air Force since Vietnam; and discusses how war has changed in the last decade of the twentieth century.… (more)

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