As with the first two editions, this book required the combined efforts of many people. I would like to take the time to acknowledge as many of these people as possible, for without them, this book would never have happened.
First and foremost, I would like to thank my wife Sharon for all of her help. Not only did she provide support and encouragement throughout this lengthy process, she is also the first line editor for all of my writing.
I would also like to thank my mom and the rest of my family for their continued support.
I have really enjoyed working with the people at Pearson on all three editions of this book. Working with editors Mark Taber, Seth Kerney, Vanessa Evans, and Songlin Qiu has been a pleasure.
A special thanks ...