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. 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 5 favorite songs?

A. Hooboy. "Shenandoah" by Sissel or Hayley Westenra; "American Patrol" by Glenn Miller; "Big Iron" by Marty Robbins; "Victory at Sea suite" by Rodgers; and for the Christmas season, "Deck the Halls" by Mannheim.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Hey, it's December: it's mighty hard to beat Arizona! Which is where I am.

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.)