Rob Olive enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps fresh out of high school and served four years. He holds a bachelors degree in history from Oregon State University and has operated an insurance agency for over two decades. He lives in Oregon with his wife and three sons. Essential Liberty is Rob’s first novel. The concept grew out of his fascination with the one characteristic that differentiates the United States of America from any other country in history—the importance its Founders placed on individual liberty.