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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. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Not a world-historic figure, but my maternal great-great grandmother was downright inspirational. She crossed the Oregon Trail as an 18-year-old bride headed for a place she had never been, uncertain what she would find upon arrival. Deep inside me I have a novel about her.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "We are ruled by idiots. But you knew that." It has ended many of my emails since about 1990.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Honesty.

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?

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