Richard J. Drake served 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and Select Marine Reserves. He received a BA in Political Science from Salisbury University, and an MA in Education from the Catholic University of America. He also received an MA in History from the American Military University, and is currently a PhD candidate at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. Drake also spent 15 years playing competitive first division rugby in the USA and Ireland. For the past ten years he has lived in Hungary, where he teaches American and World History, American Studies, and English in Hungarian and International secondary schools, as well as at the University of Debrecen.