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Antoine de Saint-Exupery

ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY

THE SOLDIER

The soldier is not a man of violence.
He carries arms and risks his life for
mistakes not of his making.
He has the merit of being unflinchingly true to his word
to the end, while knowing that he will be forgotten.

Written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Antoine de Saint-Exupery was born in Lyon, France on June 29, 1900. After finishing schools at Sainte-Croix-du-Mans and Switzerland he tried to join the Navy, but he couldn't enter the Naval Academy. Exupery joined the French air force in Strasbourg in 1921 as mechanic. Five years late at the age of twenty-six, he became pilot of mail service from Toulouse to Dakar. Exupery was a pilot during Spanish Civil War until 1938 when, after German troops occupied France, he moved to United States.

During his life in USA, he wrote several novels. Among them one of his best known books, The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince), which was written in New York City (1940) and is, according to some sources, third most read book in the world in the 20th Century. (The Holy Bible and Muslim Koran are first two).

After the beginning of World War II, Exupery moved back to France and joined army again. On July 31, 1944, during a mission over Mediterranean Sea, he was killed when his plane was shot down.