Author John Toland who received the Pulitzer Prize for his book, “The Rising Sun,” is a person who knows the power of persistence. Even though he now has an imposing record of successes, he had an ever more impressive record of failures as a writer.

From the time he started writing he wrote six novels and 25 plays – none of which were published! Undeterred, he kept diligently writing for 20-some years before he tasted success. He went on to write such best-sellers as “Adolph Hitler, The Last 100 Days,” “Battle: The Story of the Bulge,” and “But Not in Shame.”

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Wit & Wisdom – July 14, 1998


John Toland