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About the Author

The author of The Teenager's Guide to the Real World is Marshall Brain. Marshall Brain is the founder of the highly acclaimed How Stuff Works web site. Prior to founding HowStuffWorks, Mr. Brain was the president of a multi-million dollar software development firm based in Raleigh, NC.

Marshall Brain is the author of a dozen books and is nationally recognized for his ability to communicate complex ideas clearly. Marshall Brain formerly taught in the Computer Science Department at North Carolina State University, where he was elected to the prestigious Academy of Outstanding Teachers for his work in the classroom.

About The Teenager's Guide to the Real World, Mr. Brain says:

    "As I mention in the preface, I was a pretty miserable teenager. However, as I made my way through life I began to understand a lot of things that had been mysteries to me when I was a teenager. Then when I started my first business... You have to realize that I learned many things about the business world the hard way. I would learn certain lessons and think, 'WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME THIS WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER??!!' It really would have saved me a lot of time and effort--in fact, there are many things in my life and career that could have been accelerated by five or ten years--if someone had been able to explain things to me as a teenager. About four years ago I started writing notes for this book based on the idea of 'things I wish someone had explained to me when I was a teenager.' The book was written from those notes. I wrote the book to help other teenagers understand the adult world and become successful more quickly. It is the book I wish someone had handed me when I was 16."

You can send questions and comments to Marshall Brain through BYG Publishing. Please address electronic mail to and include "Question for Marshall Brain" in the subject line. Address written mail to:

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