It is both painful and cathartic to admit this in print and in the very first sentence of our introduction: This book is one of the hardest, most challenging, and most stressful projects we’ve undertaken. One part was simply the physical and logistical implications we experienced—writing close to 115,000 words, gathering more than 2,500 images and their respective release forms, and keeping track of the 3,500 emails we wrote, not to mention facing the writing deadlines we embarrassingly had to push back time and again. The other part of this gestational burden—and the one that bears most heavily on us despite the joy of finishing the project—is that the book is, relatively speaking, incomplete.

At the outset, we established that ...

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