Many people have been of assistance to me in the preparation of this book. I should like to take this opportunity to acknowledge my debt to them, without implicating them in any way in its deficiencies.
In the earliest stages, Paul Appleby commented helpfully on my general outline; and Dr. Geoffrey May provided much valuable advice in his painstaking reading of first draft materials. At a later date parts of the manuscript were read by my colleagues Earl Latham and Robert Rosenzweig of Amherst College, and by Seymour Scher of the University of Rochester -- all of whom furnished helpful suggestions, substantive and stylistic. My debt to William Y. Elliott of Harvard University arises from the fact that he has been, from start to finish, a constant source of encouragement and assistance. I owe a great deal, finally, to my wife, without whose unfailing encouragement and help this book would probably not have been written.
I am heavily indebted to numerous people who have shared their first hand experience to help me to better understand my subject -- especially as it pertains to the Eisenhower period. Among these are Maxwell Rabb, former Secretary to the Cabinet, Bradley H. Patterson, Jr., Assistant to the Secretary to the Cabinet, Elmer F. Bennett, Solicitor of the Department of the Interior, Roger W. Jones, Assistant Director of the Bureau of the Budget, William W. Parsons, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, and Ralph W. E. Reid, Assistant Director of the Bureau of the Budget.
For financial assistance, I should like to thank the Lucius Root Eastman Fund of Amherst College, the Committee on Grants-in- Aid of the University of Rochester, and, most especially, the Department of Government and its Committee on Publications, of Harvard University.