Many discussions with Jim Lawrence and Leon James over the years have kept me
focused on these issues and encouraged me to get it all together in one book.
I would like to thank very much the people who have helped me in the writing
of this book and who have read and commented on earlier versions: Irene Alexander,
Jim Beattie, Jeremiah Bodnar, Leon James, Jim Lawrence, Mark Oldaker, Tom ONeill,
Robert Selvendran, Susan Sup, Ed Sylvia, and Marilyn Woolford. We may perhaps not
all agree with this final version, but being on the way with them has been endlessly
instructive and enlightening.
I acknowledge again that this book is not supported or authorized by any of the
organizations or institutions at which I am employed or with which I am affiliated,
and does not represent any position or policy of those institutions.