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Margaret Tibbetts grew up in Bethel, graduated from Gould Academy, and later earned a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr. As a career Foreign Service officer, she served in Europe and Africa in a variety of positions until being named U.S. ambassador to Norway in 1964. Her work as one of the first female ambassadors set the stage for future women to play even bigger roles in U.S. foreign relations. The author grew up in Hanover, Maine, and attended Rumford High School. Majoring in history, he earned a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.A. from the University of Maine, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. His major publications include a study of U.S.-Zimbabwe relations and a biography of Andrew Young. He teaches history at Front Range Community College and international affairs at the University of Colorado. He lives in Longmont, Colorado, with his wife Heather. They have two children and have adopted their niece.