An incredible number of people have encouraged and supported me during the creation of this book; I would rather it be remaindered immediately upon publication than to neglect to thank a single one of them. In other words, this is going to be long.

First and foremost, my love and profound thanks to my wife, Alex. Without her help at every stage, this book would never have happened. Few pages haven’t been improved by her in some way.

Love and thanks to my mother, Eileen O’Donnell, for her generous and unwavering support (not just during the writing of this book but always) and my brother, Kevin O’Donnell. Thanks also to Armando Villasante, Gladys Villasante, and Anamari and Mladen Bulatovic.

Massive thanks to Helen Walters for ...

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