The first thing you need is a reasonably powerful cognition, say, 120 IQ and above. Next what you need is grit (courage). And finally you need lots of creative ambition built upon a strong sense of good character that will keep you out of jail.

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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