Peter Hetherington was born in Danville, Illinois in 1957. He graduated from the University of Illinois (BS) and the University of Kentucky (MS) with degrees in Geology. For the past 30 years, he has worked as an exploration geologist and has been instrumental in the drilling of over one hundred successful oil and gas wells. He lives with his wife Ellen and daughter Katie in Houston, Texas, and for the past six years has researched Pilsudski and Poland.
"As a geologist, I am accustomed to evaluating large volumes of information and creating internally consistent, coherent interpretations within the bounds of the data. In geology, there is a premium on being correct, not just creative, and I have tried to impart this philosophy to the book. Although not of Polish ancestry, I have come to appreciate Pilsudski and the Polish people with zeal of a convert, and hope that in some small measure this book will increase awareness of Poland's rich cultural heritage and her important contributions to Western civilization."