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Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston. He was a graduate of the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics, and served two tours in Vietnam. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool and pipe collecting. He died in September 2007.
"The battle scenes have the breathless urgency of firsthand experience, and the . . . evil laced into the forces of good, the dangers latent in any promised salvation, the sense of the unavoidable onslaught of unpredictable events bear the marks of American national experience during the last three decades."-"The New York Times" on The Wheel of Time
"The Wheel of Time . . . is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English."-"Chicago Sun-Times"
"Jordan has a powerful vision of good and evil-but what strikes me as most pleasurable . . . is all the fascinating people moving through a rich and interesting world."-Orson Scott Card on The Wheel of Time