Ben taught middle and high school English on three continents before starting a two-decade career in diplomacy. His satiric novel Two Pumps for the Body Man examines U.S. diplomacy and the War on Terror, finding what Catch-22 knew about military logic during WWII: The enemy can’t kill us if our institutions kill us first. His novel, Patchworks, examines American gun culture in a similar light.

Diplomatic assignments have taken the author to India, Washington, Mexico, Ghana, South Africa, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Ben taught English at the American School of Asuncion in Paraguay; at Brooklyn College Academy; and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi. He is currently a senior advisor and writer in residence at the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training working on a book about Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served as U.S. ambassadors.

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