Mark Pendergrast was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, the first of seven sibling in family that valued civil rights, the environment, sailing, reading, and games of chase and charades. He arned a B.A. in English literature from Harvard, taught high school and elementary school, then ent back to Simmons College for a masters in library science and worked as an academic librarian—all the while writing freelance articles for magazine and agazines. In 1991, he egan writing books full time, which llows him to ollow his rather eclectic interests.
Pendergrast ’ s essay have been republished in 15 languages. For God, Country& amp; Coca-Cola was named a notable book of he mont by the New York Times, and Discover Magazine chose Mirror Mirror as one of the top science books of thi ear. Pendergrast has given speeches to professional groups, business associations, and college audiences in the United States, Canada, the U.K., and Germany. He has appeared on ozens of elevision shows, including the Today Show, CBS This Morning, and CNN, and has been profile on over 100 radio programs, including All Things Considered, Marketplace, Morning Edition, and few other public radio shows. He lives in Colchester, Vermont.