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.

Books by this Author

Enterprise
Whirlwind

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Persistence counts."

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. "Tillman is really bright with a bad habit of stating unpleasant facts." --A US Navy officer, circa 1991.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Same as everyone else: failure. But that's no reason for avoiding the risk of failure.

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. 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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