First edition, first issue of Clancy's first novel, introducing Jack Ryan.
Fine in near-fine jacket.
"When I met Navy Secretary John Lehman last year, the first thing he asked me about the book was, 'Who the hell cleared it?'" – Clancy, 1986 interview
Baltimore-born Clancy was an insurance salesman before his Cold War espionage thriller exploded in popularity – thanks in large part to Ronald Reagan, who was photographed holding a copy of the classic dust jacket featuring a red hammer and sickle over a black submarine, and who called the story "the perfect yarn." It swept through the military and the White House, the ideal recommendation for a book with a CIA analyst as the hero.
Read more: Clancy interview from 1986 quoted in New York Times obituary, 2 October 2013; Morrell and Wagner, Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads.
Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, (1984). 9.25'' x 5.75''. Original red cloth with blind-stamped hammer/sickle and submarine design on front board, silver-lettered spine. In original dust jacket with no price on front flap and six blurbs on rear panel. Tan endpapers. 18-line copyright statement, printed on heavy paper stock. 387,  pages. Trace of toning to jacket with shallow crinkle to top edge.
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