LORETTA NAPOLEONI was born in Rome, and in the mid 1970s she became an active member of the Italian feminist movement and of the student movement. A Fulbright scholar at Johns Hopkins University and the London School of Economics, in the early 1980s she began her professional career as an economist in Hungary, Russia and the city of London. In 2003 she published Terror Incorporated, the first comprehensive book on the financing of terrorism, and she began consulting governments and international organizations on this topic. Napoleoni is an international speaker and a contributor to several newspapers including El Pais, La Repubblica, and the Chicago Tribune. She is also a commentator for BBC, Sky, CNN and many other media outlets. She is the author of several international bestsellers including Rogue Economics, Maonomics, and Terror Nation. Her books have been translated into twenty-one languages.