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Every Man a Tiger: The Gulf War Air Campaign (Commanders)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  937 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
The #1 New York times bestseller. A "mesmerizing" (Chicago Tribune) look at the planning and execution of one of the most devastating air campaigns in history: the Gulf air war.
Paperback, 576 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Berkley Trade (first published May 10th 1999)
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Sean Robinson
Apr 03, 2017 Sean Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Cyriaco Bernardino Duarte de Almeida Brandao Jr
The best book I read. A must read to all fighter pilots and air commanders.
Jon Crane
Jul 19, 2017 Jon Crane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really good book
May 08, 2012 Jerome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It reads like a vanity press effort for Gen. Horner and I don't understand why Clancy got involved. I'm sure Horner was a great and brave general (just ask him). He is certainly not an author. This book reads like a military manual. The reader must wade through mind-numbing arcania such as chain-of-command descriptions and an endless batch of acronyms. The constant ego trips of Horner (he was bright, practically everyone else was misinformed) are irritating. The theme and content were very inter ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Sep 06, 2010 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
I just finished this book, and, quite frankly, I feel like I have just been through a war. As a US Air Force officer who was just starting out during the time of the Gulf War, I had been looking forward to reading this book for a long time. I had already learned quite a bit about the Gulf War through other sources, but I was looking for a legitimate source of what was actually happening, on the ground and in the air, from a day-to-day perspective, and from somebody who had lived the experience. ...more
Jul 03, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it
Every Man A Tiger primarily covers the planning, the problems, and execution of the Gulf War air campaign through writing of Tom Clancy and it's commander General Chuck Horner. Instead of giving a blow-by-blow account of the Gulf War's air operations from August 1990 to March 1991, Clancy and Horner decided to give background of not only it's commander (Horner) but of the U.S. Air Force that deployed to Saudi Arabia in the fall of 1990. The quick, but thorough biography of Horner went hand in ha ...more
Jeff Yoak
I really enjoyed this book. Clancy always does a great job at writing fiction and I was pleased that he was able to really capture this story and make it come alive.

Every Man A Tiger follows the career Chuck Homer from his experience as a fighter pilot in the Vietnam era to the general commanding the air component of the first Gulf War. In addition to providing interesting ideas about the nature of military command and what it entails, the book really changed my view of both wars. Though I have
Dannie Hill
May 21, 2011 Dannie Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every Man a Tiger by Tom Clancy is a non-fiction book about the Air Force life and times of General Chuck Horner. But it’s much more than that.

I picked this book up because I saw Tom Clancy’s name on it—thought it would be one of his thrillers.

For me it’s interesting to read a renowned fiction writer produce a true story about the things he bases many of his book on—the U.S military.

Chuck Horner is a real man and takes you through some very interesting history of the U.S Air Force. A fighter pi
Aug 22, 2008 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is basically a biography that focuses on the growth of the U.S. Air Force as told to Tom Clancy by one man. The story starts in the days leading up to the Gulf War and then whips back to pre-vietnam as we follow one pilot in his career. His career culminates as being the commander of the Air forces in the Gulf War.

This is told very well and made a great book on CD to listen to while commuting. There are a few lessons from the air force that I think corporate America could follow, especially
May 17, 2011 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe too much time has passed since the war took place, maybe it's other wars since then but this book never grabbed me. A biography of Chuck Horner would probably have been more interesting instead of being bogged down in the minutia of war planning. I suppose that was the aim of the book and, for those so inclined, it was probably very interesting. For me, trying to keep track of what TACC meant as compared to ATO, KTO, and all the rest of the alphabet soup just made for slow going. A hint to ...more
Sep 30, 2009 DavK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this documentary type story on Chuck Horner during his role as air commander during the Desert Shield/Storm operations. The fact that he learned from past lessons both his own and others and the fact that he really tried to understand friends and foes alike show what kind of leader he is. There was a lot to enjoy about this book, not sure how accurate and true every little thing is since it is written by Chuck and Tom Clancy, but still very enjoyable. A good memoir of a battle f ...more
Anja Poulsen
Pros: An interesting and somewhat neutral story from the General who had the responsibility of the first Gulf war. It gives a great insight to the war, and if you are fond of military operations this is the explanation of the war you should read.
Cons: At times too many details were given about military equipment and theories, and there were several overlapping explanations and opinions from mr. Clancy. My biggest disappointment was the lacking ending of how you wrap up such a military operation
Jan 06, 2012 Keith rated it really liked it
Excellent lessons in leadership abound. Appreciation for our armed services made more tangible. Other than a lack of an acronym list and stating a failure of the Patriot Missile system was due to it not being on rather than the now famous range gate error (perhaps not public knowledge at the time, or perhaps a different event was being described... though omission of the incident would warrant a comment as well) I found little fault.
Claude Graves
May 24, 2011 Claude Graves rated it liked it
This was on the air part of the Persian Gulf war, from the point of view of the air component commander, General Chuck Horner (Ret.) It was a fascinating look into the logistics of putting everything together and the buildup to the war, along with the changes in military doctrine since Vietnam, and the worries they had of repeating the same mistakes. Lots of fluff that could have been cut out, and a bit rambly at times, although it did help keep the read feel alive. Three out of five from me.
Usually I read books by Tom Clancy with great pleasure. I like the many plot lines and the fact that I have to think things through when I am reading.
These and the fact that the Gulf War is a subject of interest, are the reasons why I bought this book.

Boy, was I mistaken!! 50 pages, 100 max, I didn't get any further. It is just not for me...
Jarrod Phillips
Aug 02, 2009 Jarrod Phillips rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a slow, plodding account of the life of Chuck Horner, a US Air Force General (ret.). If you're interested in a military biography, I recommend the way more action packed and fast-moving "Rogue Warrior." I've never been in the military, but can see why no one likes the Air Force after reading this. snore-fest 2009...
Jim Hager
If you are a Clancy fan, you should know that this book is not typical for him. This book is in some ways a biography of General Horner. The minute detail will be of interest to military history buffs, but not most readers. I love reading military history and even I found it difficult to read. The middle third was exciting and instructive, but the rest was too much for me.
Ben B
Jan 29, 2011 Ben B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
I was thrilled by this inside look at a world I knew little about. The nonfiction equivalent of Hunt for Red October in the sense that the story was exciting to read, but the book almost felt like an education in strategy and tactics.
Aug 06, 2010 Timothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh yeah! This is a 70% action, 30% political thriller. This is one of his few non-movie, non-Reagan era books, but one of the best. If you ever wanted to be a fighter or bomber pilot as a kid, read this book.
Ray Stafford
Mar 17, 2012 Ray Stafford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was absolutely amazing, i couldn't put it down. it was really cool seeing how the war in vietnam influenced the air war and the general prosecution of the first gulf war. clancy does a really good job explaining the scope of the massive air campaign that preceded Desert Storm
Jason Burt
I thought this was an interesting book about the Gulf War but thought it was a tough read. I was impressed with General Horner and was impressed with his leadership and military knowledge. I'm glad I read the book, but it took me awhile to get through!
Fred Leavitt
This is one of Tom Clancy's non fiction books. Normally when I take the time to read outside of work it is to relax and unwind so I normally stick to fiction. This book was actually quite fascinating. It is about the air war in the first gulf war. Very well written but a bit slow to read.
956.70442 Written with General Chuck Horner (Ret.), this is a biography of Horner with most of the book detailing his role commanding the US and Coalition air assets during Desert Shield and Desert Storm - the Gulf War against Iraq 1991-1992
Mar 05, 2009 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Interesting.
Great if you like military detail.
James Lassiter
Dec 11, 2012 James Lassiter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Gen Horner's take on the war and his personal feelings about his career.
Aug 23, 2013 Carl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're in the USAF, you need to read this book, period.
Ahmed Khan
i think the book is awesome.
Helped me understand how that war worked, and provided plenty of helpful facts when arguing with Arabs about how much they helped in it.
Sep 14, 2012 Norman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norrie-s-library
Cracking book, a good background to the air war in the 1st Gulf War.
Some very interesting points on leadership that I wish some of our or my leaders or managers would take on board!
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Tom Clancy was an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College. As a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history, his dream of writing a novel came true with his first effort, The Hunt for Red October (1984).

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