Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. (born April 12, 1947), better known as Tom Clancy, is a US author of bestselling political thrillers, best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War. His name is also a brand for similar books written by ghost writers and a series of non-fiction books on military subjects and merged biographies of key leaders. He is also part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles, a Major League Baseball team. He officially is the Orioles' Vice Chairman of Community Projects and Public Affairs.
In 1993, Tom Clancy joined a group of investors that included Peter Angelos and bought the Baltimore Orioles from Eli Jacobs. In 1998, he attempted to purchase the Minnesota Vikings and had a purchase agreement in place, but the deal fell through after his divorce settlement decreased his net worth significantly.
The website IMDB reports that Tom Clancy's novel Without Remorse is to be made into a movie and is expected to be released in 2008. Filming is to commence in 2008. No other details are available (27 June 2007).
Clancy has written several nonfiction books about various branches of the U.S. armed forces (see non-fiction listing, below). Clancy has also branded several lines of books with his name that are written by other authors, following premises or storylines generally in keeping with Clancy's works:
- Tom Clancy's Op-Center
- Tom Clancy's Power Plays
- Tom Clancy's Net Force
- Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
These are sometimes referred to by fans as "apostrophe" books; Clancy did not initially acknowledge that these series were being authored by others, only thanking the actual authors in the headnotes for their "invaluable contribution to the manuscript".
* These books feature John Clark only, although Jack Ryan has a short conversation with his father in Without Remorse, and is also referenced to in "Rainbow Six" briefly a couple of times (as the US President and referred to only as 'Jack').
- Virtual Vandals (1999)
- The Deadliest Game (1999)
- One Is the Loneliest Number (1999)
- The Ultimate Escape (1999)
- The Great Race (1999)
- End Game (1999)
- Cyberspy (1999)
- Shadow of Honor (2000)
- Private Lives (2000)
- Safe House (2000)
- Gameprey (2000)
- Duel Identity (2000)
- Deathworld (2000)
- High Wire (2001)
- Cold Case (2001)
- Runaways (2001)
- Cloak and Dagger (2003)
- Death Match (in the UK released in 2002 as "Own Goal") (2003)
- Submarine - A Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship (1993)
- Armored Cavalry - A Guided Tour of an Armored Cavalry Regiment (1994)
- Fighter Wing - A Guided Tour of an Air Force Combat Wing (1995)
- Marine - A Guided Tour of a Marine Expeditionary Unit (1996)
- Airborne - A Guided Tour of an Airborne Task Force (1997)
- Carrier - A Guided Tour of an Aircraft Carrier (1999)
- Special Forces - A Guided Tour of U.S. Army Special Forces (2001)
Study in Command
- Into the Storm - On the Ground in Iraq (with Fred Franks) (1997)
- Every Man a Tiger - the Gulf War Air Campaign (1999)
- Shadow Warriors - Inside the Special Forces (2002)
- Battle Ready (with Anthony Zinni, 2004, ISBN 0-399-15176-1)
Many of the games bearing the Clancy name have been very successful, spawning several sequels and expansions. It is unknown how much input Clancy actually has into the games.