Jared Diamond is one of America's most celebrated scholars. He is a professor of Geography and Physiology at the University of California, and is equally renowned for his work in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology, and for his groundbreaking studies of the birds of Papua New Guinea. He has authored eight books and numerous academic monographs, and his best-selling The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee won two science prizes in 1992. It was his1997 publication of Guns, Germs and Steel, which sealed Diamond's global reputation. The book has since won the Pulitzer Prize, been translated into 25 languages and sold millions of copies around the world.
Patrick Buchanan is truly one of the grand champions of the conservative movement. He has been a senior advisor to three Presidents, a two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, and was the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. From 1966 through 1974, he was an assistant to Richard Nixon, and from 1985 to 1987, White House Director of Communications for Ronald Reagan. He has written ten books, including six straight New York Times best sellers A Republic, Not an Empire; The Death of the West; Where the Right Went Wrong; State of Emergency; Day of Reckoning and Churchill, Hitler and The Unnecessary War. His newest book is already making waves, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? He is currently a columnist, political analyst for MSNBC, chairman of The American Cause foundation and an editor of The American Conservative.
Richard Marcinko is best known as the founder and first commanding officer of two of the military's premier counter-terrorist units: SEAL Team 6 and RED CELL. He has over 30 years experience in a variety of specialties including counter-terrorism, intelligence and special operations. Enlisting in U.S. Navy in 1958, Marcinko worked his way up to the rank of commander. While serving two tours in Vietnam, Marcinko won the Silver Star, four bronze stars with combat V, two Navy Commendation Medals, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star. His SEAL platoon became such an enemy killing force, that the Viet Cong posted a reward for his death. He is also the author of five bestselling novels and an autobiography, a critically acclaimed book on management and leadership techniques, and he gives professional lectures to law enforcement and business executives, and dynamic hands-on training to U.S. and foreign hostage rescue teams. He also acts as a corporate adviser to multi-national businesses including AT&T, Motorola and General Motors on such issues as corporate security, team-building, operational management and strategic planning.