Jmes Eggert lives with his wife Pat in rural west-central Wisconsin. He is an emeritus faculty member from the University of Wisconsin-Stout (Menomonie, Wisconsin) where he has taught undergraduate students for thirty-three years. Eggert has written five other books including What Is Economics (4th ed), Invitation to Economics, and The Wonder of the Tao, as well as numerous articles for journals, popular magazines, and newspapers.
Eggert was a recipient of the university's Outstanding Teaching Award, and for many years, advised the student Environmental Club, GreenSense. He currently serves on the Town of Colfax plan commission, and is a member of the Wisconsin Environmental Educators, as well as the Thoreau Society. The author has been cited in Who's Who in America as well as Who's Who in American Education.
Eggert practices (and teaches) the Chinese art of tai chi, studies field-botany, and is an avid amateur astronomer. Eggert studied economics at Lawrence University in Appleton Wisconsin, served in Kenya, East Africa with the U.S. Peace Corps (1964-1966), and later did graduate work in economics at Michigan State University. The author and his wife have two adult children, Anthony and Leslie.