Historians cannot do their work without the assistance of skilled professionals in libraries and other scholarly institutions. We benefited immensely from the expertise of staff members at the American Legion Library, Indianapolis, Indiana; the Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C.; the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, New York; the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas; and the Department of Manuscripts and Archives, Olin Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Several scholars shared with us ideas for and reactions to our work. Conversations with our Cornell colleague Suzanne Mettler, whose work is cited prominently in these pages, helped us identify key sources and explore significant themes related to the GI Bill. James McPherson and David Hackett Fischer read the manuscript with great care, attending to matters of both style and substance. We are especially grateful to David Fischer for his detailed commentary and insightful suggestions for revision.
Timothy Bent, our editor at Oxford University Press, has been extraordinarily supportive in all phases of the preparation of the manuscript, including a skillful line-by-line edit that greatly improved the text. His assistant, Dayne Poshusta, along with Esther Tzivanis and Beth Howard at Cornell, have helped in numerous ways, ranging from what used to be called typing to the processing of illustrations.
Able research assistance was provided by Rob Summers, Cornell Class of 1998, who now teaches high school in Arlington, Virginia;