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Andrew Levene is a veteran United States Army Ranger who enlisted in 1992. A year after completing basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, Andrew Levene was promoted to the rank of Specialist. Following relocation to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Andrew Levene was promoted again, to Sergeant, and appointed leader of a reconnaissance team for two years.
His expertise in reconnaissance and light infantry led to deployment overseas, where Andrew Levene worked with a non-governmental organization (NGO) for several years. Andrew Levene was responsible for developing relationships with local government officials and working with communities in Turkey, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus nations of the former Soviet Union.
Andrew Levene counts Catch-22, Joseph Heller’s 1961 satirical World War II novel about the fictional 256th squadron, as one of his favorite books. Other novels Andrew Levene enjoys are The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy; Ayn Rand’s bestsellers, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead; and Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield. Gates of Fire retells the legendary Battle of Thermopylae, in which several thousand Greek infantrymen were led by 300 Spartans against 2 million Persian invaders.
Andrew Levene also recommends the nonfiction books written by Edward Oakley Thorp, a well-known mathematics professor and hedge fund manager. Edward Thorp applied probability theory to blackjack and described his methods in Beat the Dealer: A Winning Strategy for the Game of Twenty-One.
When he isn’t reading, Andrew Levene spends his leisure time off-trail skiing and taking long-distance hikes. Andrew Levene lives in Wilmington, Delaware.