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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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Persistence counts."

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 fantasy profession?

A. Mercenary aviator rated in tactical jets and helicopters with a hangar full of copilots, mechanics, and armorers straight out of the Victoria's Secret's catalogue.

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.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty, intelligence, and coping ability.