Hi Mr. Card, can you reveal who the character Wit O’Toole is based on in real life? I have been deeply affected with the character and just want to know a bit about the real person(s) involved in the character buildup. Thank you!


Wit isn't based on any specific real person. He is the amalgamation of many traits of leadership and military wisdom and instincts that Scott and I discussed and found admirable. Wit isn't Churchill because he is more of a soldier than Churchill ever was, but I do recall a lot of conversations about Churchill when we were mapping the book.

Wit is, like Mazer Rackham, what we hope to find in every commander: a brilliant tactical mind whose soldiers—because of their love for him and confidence in him—follow willingly him into battle.