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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 is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Hard to say, as I have few minor pet peeves. Disloyalty/treachery is a major peeve. Among the minors, people who wear caps backwards--not just because it looks dumb but because it indicates mindless imitation.

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. 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’s your best quality?

A. Honesty.

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