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Tom Clancy

Date de naissance: 12. avril 1947
Date de décès: 1. octobre 2013

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Thomas Leo Clancy Jr., dit Tom Clancy, né à Baltimore dans le Maryland le 12 avril 1947 et mort le 1er octobre 2013 dans la même ville, est un romancier américain.

Ses romans d'espionnage, du genre techno-thriller ou thriller politique, sont technologiquement très documentés, et tournent autour du milieu du renseignement américain, plus précisément la CIA sur fond de guerre froide ou de terrorisme.

Il a connu un regain de popularité après les attentats du 11 septembre 2001, non seulement pour sa description préalable, très vraisemblable, d'un attentat terroriste réalisé grâce au crash d'un avion sur un bâtiment , dans Dette d'honneur et Sur ordre , mais également grâce au scénario du jeu Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon sorti en 2001, où il prévoit un affrontement armé de la Géorgie, aidée par les États-Unis, contre la Russie en 2008.

Citations Tom Clancy

„The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense.“

— Tom Clancy
Attributed to an interview on Larry King Live<!-- this citation was found, for this commonly attributed remark, but a date is needed here -->; also quoted in Quotable Quotes (1997) edited by Deborah Deford Attributed variant: The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense. Clancy here expresses an idea evoked in similar statements made by others, all derived from the orignial made by Lord Byron: Lord Byron: Truth is always strange; stranger than fiction. Mark Twain: Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities, truth isn't. G. K. Chesterton: Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it. Leo Rosten: Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense. (attributed)

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„I think it's going to be remembered as the last major war on planet Earth, if we're lucky, if we maintain our foreign policy properly. … It will be remembered as the last time major countries had to put people in the field and put them in harm's way.“

— Tom Clancy
Context: I think it's going to be remembered as the last major war on planet Earth, if we're lucky, if we maintain our foreign policy properly. … It will be remembered as the last time major countries had to put people in the field and put them in harm's way. It may be the last of all human nature wars, which is a nice way to remember any kind of a war, as the last one. On the 1991 Gulf War

„We saw people in Northern Ireland, Catholics acting like savages and Protestants acting like savages... We have people who call themselves Muslims acting like savages. It's not because of their religion, it's because they're fools.“

— Tom Clancy
Context: Ending your own life is not something the average person does. Everybody's assuming these are Islamic terrorists. Well, if so they've defiled their own religion. Islam does not permit suicide. It says you go to hell if you do something like this... We saw people in Northern Ireland, Catholics acting like savages and Protestants acting like savages... We have people who call themselves Muslims acting like savages. It's not because of their religion, it's because they're fools. [https://listenonrepeat.com/watch/?v=kSjrLYT1hr8 Interview with Judy Woodruff] (11 September 2001), CNN

„The more information available to the average person, the greater the synergy that develops from it.“

— Tom Clancy
Context: America is the most inventive country in the world. Why? Because everybody has access to information. In the Soviet Union it was illegal to take a photograph of a train station. Look what happened to them. They tried to classify everything. The more information available to the average person, the greater the synergy that develops from it.

„The drafters of the Constitution had made one simple but far-reaching error. They'd assumed that the people selected by The People to manage the nation would be as honest and honorable as they'd been. One could almost hear the "Oops!" emanating from all those old graves.“

— Tom Clancy
Context: The drafters of the Constitution had made one simple but far-reaching error. They'd assumed that the people selected by The People to manage the nation would be as honest and honorable as they'd been. One could almost hear the "Oops!" emanating from all those old graves. The people who'd drafted the Constitution had sat in a room dominated by George Washington himself, and whatever honor they'd lacked he'd probably provided from his own abundant supply, just by sitting there and looking at them. The current Congress had no such mentor/living god to take George's place, and more was the pity, Ryan thought. The Bear and the Dragon (2000), Ch. 12 : Conflicts of the Pocket

„Fighting wars is not so much about killing people as it is about finding things out. The more you know, the more likely you are to win a battle.“

— Tom Clancy
Context: Fighting wars is not so much about killing people as it is about finding things out. The more you know, the more likely you are to win a battle. Take the AEGIS system in the navy. It's a radar computer system for air-battle management. What it does is give the commander an extra 15 minutes to decide what he's going to do to fight a battle, and those 15 minutes are decisively important.

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„Computers are going to be even bigger. TVs are one-way. You sit there and you watch it. Computers, you interact with.“

— Tom Clancy
Context: I was one of the first generations to watch television. That's technology. TV is like any other kind of tool. TV exposes people to news, to information, to knowledge, to entertainment. How is it bad? Computers are going to be even bigger. TVs are one-way. You sit there and you watch it. Computers, you interact with.

„You don't pick generals off park benches. … They are experts at what they do and lot of thinking goes into it.“

— Tom Clancy
Context: My vision for this book and the others in the series is to let people know what kind of commanders we have. You don't pick generals off park benches. … They are experts at what they do and lot of thinking goes into it. And I want to get across to people the intellectual dimension of command, to let people know that it's hard to be a general. And the people we have with general stars on their shoulders are pretty smart and pretty good guys.

„I wanted a different way in which to tell my stories.“

— Tom Clancy
Context: I wanted a different way in which to tell my stories. Coming up with concepts for computer games gives me another avenue of creative expression. It's not just me telling the story, it's me designing the idea for a story and letting the players write their own ending.

„Show me an elitist, and I'll show you a loser.“

— Tom Clancy
Context: There are people in government who don't want other people to know what they know. It's just another example of elitism. And I spit on elitism. Show me an elitist, and I'll show you a loser.

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„In case you haven't noticed, we live in a world that is for the first time in all of recorded human history unlikely to have a major war. There used to be this country called the Soviet Union; it's not there anymore. The reason is our technology was better than theirs.“

— Tom Clancy
Context: In case you haven't noticed, we live in a world that is for the first time in all of recorded human history unlikely to have a major war. There used to be this country called the Soviet Union; it's not there anymore. The reason is our technology was better than theirs. Probably what pushed the Russians over the edge was SDI. It was really a combination of SDI and CNN. They realized they couldn't beat us so they decided to change the ball game.

„Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not.“

— Tom Clancy
Context: Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Your life may change, but your dream doesn't have to. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Your spouse and children need not get in its way, because the dream is within you. No one can take your dream away. As quoted in Writers (1995) Published by A. Deutsch

„Historically, anything that gets information to people is good for the world. The most important human being who ever lived, if you want to leave out religious figures, would be Johannes Gutenberg... that's when the liberation of human thought happened, because people could read the thoughts of people across the world, and have thoughts of their own, and publish them and spread information around.“

— Tom Clancy
Context: Historically, anything that gets information to people is good for the world. The most important human being who ever lived, if you want to leave out religious figures, would be Johannes Gutenberg... that's when the liberation of human thought happened, because people could read the thoughts of people across the world, and have thoughts of their own, and publish them and spread information around. Anything that gets information to people is good. America has prospered because we're the most information-friendly society in the world.

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