About the Author

Robert M. Poole, author of On Hallowed Ground

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Robert M. Poole is an editor and writer whose assignments for Smithsonian and National Geographic have taken him around the world. A native of North Carolina and a veteran journalist, his stories have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Smithsonian. In 2001 he retired as executive editor of National Geographic after a 21 year career. He is the author of Explorers House: National Geographic and the World It Made, published by the Penguin Press. He is a contributing editor at Smithsonian and lives in Virginia.