General Frederick Melvin Franks,
Jr., USA (ret.) “is considered a military visionary and a distinguished combat commander, famous for having commanded
the Gulf War coalition VII Corps in the highly successful "Left Hook" maneuver against fourteen Iraqi divisions,
a number of whom were Iraqi Republican Guard, defeating or forcing the retreat of each with fewer than 100 American casualties
lost to enemy action, a feat unmatched in modern warfare.” A graduate of the West Point Military
Academy, General Frederick Franks military served spanned nearly 35 years.
General Fredrick Franks is the co-author of Alpha Bravo Delta Guide to the U.S. Air
Force; Alpha Bravo Delta Guide to the U.S. Army; Alpha Bravo Delta Guide to the U.S. Marine Corps; and, Into The Storm: A
Study in Command.
According to the Amazon.com review
of Into The Storm: A Study in Command, “Tom Clancy's latest love-letter to the military-industrial
complex focuses on the Army--and Fred Franks, a general who helped smash Iraq in the Gulf War. In this first volume of a series
on the intricacies of military command, Clancy traces the organizational success story of the U.S. Army's rise from the
slough of Vietnam to the heights of victory in the Persian Gulf. In 1972, the Army lacked proper discipline, training, weapons,
and doctrine; all these would be overhauled in the next 15 years. For those readers keen on such nuts and bolts, the book
will be fascinating. But the book truly sparkles when Franks tells his story. A "tanker" who lost a foot in the
invasion of Cambodia, he is a man of great courage, thoughtfulness, and integrity. One cannot help but wince when a civilian
tells him, "You and those boys did that for nothing." And for all the acronyms and military history, that is what
this book is about: healing the wounds Vietnam inflicted. "But this time [the Gulf War], it was going to end differently.
They all would see to that.”