Peter Levenda was born in the Bronx and lived in New York, Indiana, Chicago, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island before going to Malaysia where he lived for seven years. He has an MA in Religious Studies and Asian Studies, and has worked as an IT executive in China, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Europe (he became involved in China trade in 1984). He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the T.E. Lawrence Society, and is a charter member of the Norman Mailer Society. He is also a member of AFIO (the Association of Former Intelligence Officers) and has appeared in television documentaries on Nazism and the Third Reich, most recently on Brad Meltzer's Decoded series ("The Spear of Destiny" episode), as well as on documentaries aired on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and TNT. He has given addresses before the American-Chinese Business Women's Association and the Florida-China Chamber of Commerce on China trade, and has lectured on the role that Operation Paperclip played in American political and military post-war history (in Amsterdam).