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October 2nd, 2013
06:04 PM ET

Tom Clancy, author of 17 New York Times best sellers, dies at 66

The death of author Tom Clancy marked the death of a literary giant of this time.

The former insurance salesman was too near-sighted for a military career. But his vision of Cold War tensions, military intrigue, hardware and tactics, and the wars on drugs and terror were so focused, so fastidious, even top Pentagon brass wondered if they were reading fact or fiction.

The stories were fiction, but also like thrilling training manuals on steroids. Clancy's 17 New York Times bestsellers are tough to put down, inspired blockbuster movies that are tough to turn off, and video games that beg to be played over and over again.

Clancy's novels were beloved by the U.S. military and other readers, because they helped change a media narrative.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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