Barrett Tillman

Barrett Tillman is a widely recognized authority on air warfare in World War II and the author of more than forty nonfiction and fiction books on military topics. He has received six awards for history and literature, including the Admiral Arthur Radford Award. He lives in Mesa, Arizona.

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Enterprise
Whirlwind

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Persistence counts."

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Supreme pizza because you can add veggies for nutrition among all the toppings that taste good.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. "Tillman is really bright with a bad habit of stating unpleasant facts." --A US Navy officer, circa 1991.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Same as everyone else: failure. But that's no reason for avoiding the risk of failure.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Hannibal, for unrelated reasons.

First, I grew up around exotic animals and would really like to know how got any of those elephant(s) over the Alps.

Secondly, he's an intriguing figure: extremely smart, one of the great captains, and a man who pursued his life's goal with single-minded zealotry, came within reach of that goal--and narrowly missed it.

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