Everyone who has ever written a book owes a debt of gratitude to people who helped him or her move beyond a great idea to actually getting it on paper and then getting a publisher to agree to put it out. These lists are always longer than the author can realistically include in the acknowledgments at the front of the book. I am no exception to this rule, and I am sure I have not included everyone who has helped or impacted my career. I apologize in advance to those I’ve missed.

That said, there are a number of people who’ve made incredible contributions to my professional and personal success, and I’d be derelict if I didn’t thank them in writing. First and foremost, my parents, Murray and Helen Barger, whose contributions to ...

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