Patrick Tyler attended the University of Texas at Austin for one year before moving to South Carolina, where he graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. He has worked at the St. Petersburg Times, the PBS Network series Congressional Outlook, and the Washington Post, where he worked for twelve years covering defense, intelligence, and national policy issues. In 1990 he joined the New York Times in Washington as military analyst. His books include Running Critical, A Great Wall, and A World of Trouble. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Linda, an author and teacher.