I would like to acknowledge the following intellectual debts: Ernest Becker and Eric Fromm for the breadth and depth of their vision in understanding human motivation, Murray Straus for his pioneering studies on wife assault incidence, J.Q. Wilson for his critical thinking about the function and limits of law, Anne Ganley for her pioneering work on treatment groups. I would also like to thank Linda Graham, for her support. They are independent and critical thinkers, all.
Several other people made major editorial efforts on this book: Barbara McGregor made stylistic comments on the first draft, Ardis Krueger carefully compiled the subject and author indexes, Ehor Boyanowsky made several helpful critical comments, and Andrew Starzomski did virtually all the statistical analyses in Chapter 5. They have all assisted greatly.