In the 1995-1996 academic year I had the privilege of a fellowship at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago, during which time I wrote the greatest part of this book. Given the robust competition for those fellowships, I gratefully acknowledge the institute's support of my project. I also want to thank David Barnett, J. Michael Bailey, Norman Gevitz, James Miller, Joe Sartorelli, Edward Stein, and Marguerite Vallance for their admonitions, counsel, and suggestions, though they will no doubt continue to disagree with me about many matters. I also appreciate the diligence with which two anonymous reviewers examined the initial manuscript for Columbia University Press. I want to say last that I appreciate the generosity of David E. Tolman and Keith Kissee in letting me think things through for a time in their grand house at the corner of Monument and Strawberry.