by Tom Clancy
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Tom Clancy's first bestseller is a tense Cold War standoff in which the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. race to track down a runaway nuclear sub whose captain has decided to defect.
Tom Clancy, seen here in 2010, was an insurance agent before publishing The Hunt For Red October in 1984.
October 2, 2013 Tom Clancy built his fascination with military hardware and history into a best-selling career writing thrillers — beginning in 1984 with The Hunt for Red October. His books were turned into Hollywood blockbusters and popular video games. NPR's Lynn Neary has a remembrance of Clancy, who died this week at 66.
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