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About the Author
Nathaniel Fick was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1977. He graduated with high honors from Dartmouth College in 1999, earning degrees in classics and government.
While at Dartmouth, Fick captained the cycling team to a U.S. National Championship and wrote a senior thesis on Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War and its implications for American foreign policy.
Upon graduation, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and trained as an infantry officer.
Only weeks after 9/11, Fick led his platoon into Afghanistan and Pakistan, helping to drive the Taliban from their spiritual capital in Kandahar.
After returning to the States in 2002, he was invited to join Recon, the Corps' special operations force.
Fick led a reconnaissance platoon in combat during the early months of Operation Iraqi Freedom, from the battle of Nasiriyah to the fall of Baghdad, and in the perilous peacekeeping period that followed.
Fick left the Marines as a captain in 2003 and is now pursuing a master's degree in international security at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and an MBA at the Harvard Business School.
The BBC, 60 Minutes, and NPR have featured his work. His writing has appeared in newspapers across the country, including the New York Times , the Washington Post , and the International Herald Tribune .
Fick lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.