Owen grew up in Scranton, Pa, and spent his childhood buried in science fiction and history. He attended Hillsdale College, receiving a BA in history and meeting his future wife. After college, he spent several years as a psychiatric technician in a for-profit hospital, transitioned to retail (selling and repairing computers), and then tech support at a call center. Dissatisfaction at work coupled with an increasing political awareness prompted him to turn to writing history full time. He lives in Michigan, where he is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, the Industrial Workers of the World, and the Socialist Rifle Association.
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