I have a substantial debt of gratitude to many friends who have readily given me their help and advice in preparing this volume, and I am happy to acknowledge their kindness and support.
Joy Wagner, my executive assistant for more years than either of us care to count, has given me endless technical help and has patiently nudged and encouraged me to see the manuscript through to publication. I am deeply grateful to her.
Rachel Parks, dedicated environmentalist and lawyer-to-be, typed the entire manuscript with consummate patience and skill and helped me at every turn. She chased down text, figures, and references, unearthed data, and played the role of constructive critic. My debt to her is great and I am profoundly thankful for all her support. Without her skillful help I could not have completed the manuscript.
Two Cornell colleagues, Jack Bird and Larry Cathles, have had the fortitude and kindness to read the entire manuscript. Their comments and suggestions for improvements have been most helpful and I am grateful to both of them, though I do not imply, of course, that they would necessarily agree with my conclusions.
Erin Haemling and Amara Fatima Pinnock corrected later versions of the manuscript with cheerfulness and precision. I am grateful to each of them.
A number of colleagues and friends have given me the benefit of their specialized professional help in reviewing particular chapters. These reviewers include Norman Scott, who read the whole of parts 2 and 3, Yervant Terzian (chapter 1), David Pimentel (chapter 15), Frank Di Salvo (chapters 16, 23, and 24), (p.x) the late Walter Lynn (chapter 17), Harold Mathijs Van Es (chapter 19), Malden Nesheim (chapter 20), Jeffrey Tester (chapter 21), and Steven Sass (chapter 22). I am deeply grateful for their help. The errors that remain are, of course, my own.
John Ackerman, director of Cornell University Press, has been consistently helpful, supportive, and creative. I am most grateful for his enthusiastic advice and support. I am also most grateful for the generous help of Ange Romeo-Hall, Assistant Managing Editor, and for her consummate editorial skills. Sincere thanks are due as well to Scott Levine for expert design and Sarah Grossman for skilled assistance with permissions.