Now the trick, Toni, will be not to become ruthlessly successful. That will be life lesson number two. Unlike succeeding at lesson number one, which required relentless tenacity, failing lesson two can sneak up on a person bit by compromising bit. Good luck old chap.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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