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I may have spent the last thirty-five years as a diplomat/analyst working for the federal government, but I began my adult life as a professional historian. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in History and German, I received my M.A. in European History from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. I taught history at Iowa State University for one year but then decided to shift my efforts to something less settled and moved to Washington, D.C. That career has taken me to Berlin, Ottawa, Baghdad, and now London, with long stays in Washington in between.

Through it all I never lost my love of history and literature, especially crime fiction, which I often read to take a break from all the hi
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Bill Rapp I tend to prefer historical periods for these flights of fantasy, but if it has to be fictional I guess I would like to visit the world of Charles McC…moreI tend to prefer historical periods for these flights of fantasy, but if it has to be fictional I guess I would like to visit the world of Charles McCarry's earlier novels so I could meet his hero Paul Christopher. That character has a background not that far from my own, and I think I'd enjoy a long conversation with the man.(less)
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