A book of this scope (and heft!) requires the hard work and dedication of numerous people. Most of them are at Sams Publishing in Indianapolis, and to them I owe considerable thanks—in particular, to Boris Minkin, Barbara Hacha, Elaine Wiley, and Mark Taber. Most of all, thanks to my wife, Mary, and my sons, Max, Eli, and Sam.

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