Joe Gustaitis is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor. He received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and his master's and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of nearly 100 popular history articles. After working as an editor at Collier's Year Book, he became the humanities editor for Collier's Encyclopedia. He has also worked in television and won an Emmy Award for writing for ABC-TV's FYI program. He is a board member of the Society of Midland Authors.