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  •  It's not Clancy, but the public appetite for his (6+ / 0-)

    work that fascinates me.

    The 1980's were the start of "the digital age". Things like TV satellite dishes, CD players, video games and personal computers were appearing in our homes. We were all pretty enthused about the potential of new technology.

    There was also a general frustration with the long stalemate of the Cold War. Despite having all this "neat stuff", we couldn't do anything about the Soviet lock on Eastern Europe, or their meddling in Africa. The Arab-Israeli conflict remained un-ending, America could not influence events in Iran or South Africa. Terrorists like Abu Nidal loomed large in the news and Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981.

    Then came Reagan's 1983 debacle in Lebanon, immediately followed by a small bomb detonated in chambers of the U.S. Senate by a pair of American assholes radicals.

    Clancy's novels hit the "sweet spot" by marrying techno-babble with action and decisive outcomes. In 1984 he was in the right place at the right time.

    I found the first three books seductive, despite being actively anti-war and anti-Reagan... and I agree that their effect on our collective thinking was, on the whole, detrimental.

    America would be a better place today if Gore Vidal's work had been as popular.

    “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
    he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

    by jjohnjj on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 11:22:10 AM PDT

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