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Every Man a Tiger

Every Man a Tiger

(1999)
(A book in the Commanders series)
A non fiction book by

 
The Barnes & Noble Review
Chuck Horner is dead. He died in 1962 on a routine training exercise in the Libyan desert.

At least, that's the way he tells it.

In fact, Chuck Horner is alive and well and living in Florida. What happened in the North African desert is something he can only explain as a miracle. His fighter was pointing nose down, diving toward the sand, and the controls were not responding. Just feet above the ground, against the laws of physics and counter to his training, one last maneuver pulled him out of his dive. Upside down and with the tail inches above the sand, Horner righted the plane and flew home. "Every day of my life after that event has been a gift," he says. "I was killed in the desert in North Africa. I'm dead."

Horner thanks God for pulling him out of that dive. Readers who enjoy the inside story of modern military strategy and combat might feel some gratitude as well, because if the desert has claimed Lieutenant Chuck Horner 37 years ago, we would not today have General Chuck Horner (Ret.), whose stellar career has seen him serve as commander of the Ninth Air Force, commander of the U.S. Central Command Air Forces, and most relevant to Every Man a Tiger , the man in charge of allied air power in the Gulf War.

The story of Horner's survival in the desert and the rich details of his successful command in the Persian Gulf, recounted by Tom Clancy in Every Man a Tiger , are all told with the same skill and craft that Clancy brings to his bestselling fiction. The two men are an impressive team: Horner provides the facts, and Clancy re-creates thedrama.

Clancy does the bulk of the storytelling, but in passages scattered throughout the book and ranging in length from a few lines to several pages, he steps back and lets Horner tell the story in his own words. Clancy knows that it was Horner who made life-and-death decisions in the Gulf War, and he knows that Horner's firm and straightforward prose can best reveal the starkness of command and command decisions.

Neither author wades very deeply into the geopolitics of the war, leaving that work to pundits, journalists, and historians. But drawing on Horner's decades of experience, the two do delve into the lessons learned in the war, and look particularly at the efforts made to build and maintain the broad coalition of nations that opposed Saddam Hussein in 1990 and 1991.

Because this is not fiction, where character and plot outrank historical accuracy, and because Clancy is a self-confessed military buff, Every Man a Tiger is rich with explanations of strategy, organizational details, and enough technical militaryspeak to make a reader feel like he is in the command bunker.

-Greg Sewell

 
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Hardback Editions

May 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: Every Man a Tiger
Author(s): Tom Clancy
ISBN: 0-399-14493-5 / 978-0-399-14493-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Adult
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Paperback Editions

January 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Every Man a Tiger: The Gulf War Air Campaign (Commander Series)
Author(s): Tom Clancy, Chuck Horner, Tony Koltz
ISBN: 0-425-21913-5 / 978-0-425-21913-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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December 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Every Man a Tiger (Revised): The Gulf War Air Campaign (Commander Series)
Author(s): Tom Clancy, Chuck Horner
ISBN: 0-425-20736-6 / 978-0-425-20736-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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February 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: Every Man a Tiger (Tom Clancy's commanders series)
Author(s): Tom Clancy
ISBN: 0-330-48605-5 / 978-0-330-48605-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan Books
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May 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: Every Man a Tiger (Commander's)
Author(s): Chuck Horner, Tom Clancy
ISBN: 0-330-48071-5 / 978-0-330-48071-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson
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May 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: Every Man a Tiger (Commanders')
Author(s): Tom Clancy, Chuck Horner
ISBN: 0-283-07281-4 / 978-0-283-07281-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson
Availability: Amazon UK   

May 2000 : USA Paperback
Title: Every Man a Tiger: The Gulf War Air Campaign (Commander Series)
Author(s): Tom Clancy, Chuck Horner
ISBN: 0-425-17292-9 / 978-0-425-17292-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley Trade
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Audio Editions

March 2005 : USA Audio CD
Title: Every Man a Tiger (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): Tom Clancy
ISBN: 1-4159-1820-1 / 978-1-4159-1820-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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February 2002 : USA Audio CD
Title: Every Man A Tiger (Study in Command)
Author(s): Tom Clancy
ISBN: 0-7435-0811-4 / 978-0-7435-0811-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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June 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Every Man a Tiger: The Gulf War Air Campaign (Study in Command)
Author(s): Tom Clancy
ISBN: 0-7366-4577-2 / 978-0-7366-4577-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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May 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Every Man A Tiger (Commander's)
Author(s): Tom Clancy
ISBN: 0-671-04573-3 / 978-0-671-04573-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

January 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Every Man A Tiger (Revised): The Gulf War Air Campaign (Commander Series)
Author(s): Tom Clancy, Chuck Horner, Tony Koltz
Publisher: Berkley
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