It's said that only three things increase as they are shared: fire, knowledge, and love.

I've been the beneficiary of a great many people who took the time and effort to share their knowledge with me. And some of what I've learned as a result has ended up in the quotes, stories, and opinions expressed in this book.

A combination of limited space, a flawed memory, and the constraints of client confidentiality make it impossible for me to thank all these friends and mentors by name. But there are many people who have been tremendously helpful to me over the years, and I wanted to start with a collective thank-you to all of them before singling out a few: my professors at Tufts and Yale, including James Elliott, who taught me political ...

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