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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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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Persistence counts."

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I do not look like Tom Selleck or sound like Sam Elliott.

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.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My wife, who proves that persistence and determination can overcome years of illness.

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