Mark Pendergrast is an independent scholar and author of books and articles. His books include JAPAN'S TIPPING POINT: Crucial Choices in the Post-Fukushima World (2011); INSIDE THE OUTBREAKS: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (2010); UNCOMMON GROUNDS: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World (2010, 2d edition); MIRROR MIRROR: A History of the Human Love Affair with Reflection (2003); FOR GOD, COUNTRY AND COCA-COLA: The Definitive History of the World's Most Famous Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It (2000, 2d edition); VICTIMS OF MEMORY: Sex Abuse Accusations and Shattered Lives (1996, 2d edition). He is also the author of JACK AND THE BEAN SOUP, a funny, irreverent children's book. For information on his books and to contact him, see www.markpendergrast.com. Pendergrast lives in Colchester, Vermont, USA.