Elisabeth B. Booz was born in London to American parents. She grew up in England and Europe, and received her Masters degree in Political Economy from the University of Geneva. Currently, she freelances for the National Geographic Book Division as a writer and researcher. She is widely traveled; recent trips have taken her to China, Central Asia, Turkey, Georgia and Armenia. She divides the remainder of her time between France and the USA. Her other books include the 'Odyssey Illustrated Guide to Tibet'.