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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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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Persistence counts."

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. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I would not even attempt to describe it anymore because frequently when we achieve a goal that appears to offer perfect happiness, something is lacking.  I would rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed.  Besides, if you bat 1.000 where's the challenge and the elation of a surprise grand-slam homer?

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A Dauntless dive-bomber pilot aboard USS Enterprise in 1942. (Watch for my upcoming book on The Big E in February 2012.)

Q. What do you regret most?

A. My vision went bad in grade school and prevented me from becoming a military aviator.

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