Just as a film is always more than a director's vision, so a book inevitably has multiple authors, despite what the title page suggests. Here is where I introduce them to you and thank them for what they have contributed to the book you are about to read.
During the first stage of the book's composition, I was particularly indebted to two good friends of mine, Lucienne Levy and Sharon Cooper, both of whom spent a great deal of time discussing the book's contents with me, as well as doing superb editorial work to clarify the expression of my ideas. In a way, that part of the book, effectively Chapters One through Three and Five through Nine, really represents a joint partnership among the three of us and very much reflects something of a collective effort. Also helpful to me at this time were conversations about the book I had with two other friends, Gary Greenberg and Susan Powers.
After I moved to California, where I eventually resumed work on the book, other persons came along with me, so to speak, to provide assistance with the writing of this book. Foremost among them of course is Evelyn Elsaesser Valarino, whose role in the creation of this book I have already explained in the Preface. In addition, I would like to express my appreciation here for the assistance of my friend, Steve Tomsik, who makes more than one appearance in this book himself, for providing me with certain case material and for helping Evelyn and me compile information for the Appendixes. Other friends and colleagues were important in other ways, particularly through either reading portions of the text or in discussing