No endeavor such as this is accomplished without help. Although many people contributed to this effort in one way or another, the following few made special contributions deserving of acknowledgment. My academic mentor and benefactor, Jerome Mileur, read this manuscript literally dozens of times; each time his criticisms and suggestions improved the work. His counsel and support continue to be vital to my work. To him I owe the greatest debt of gratitude. George Sulzner also contributed comments and suggestions that improved the work. Professors Mileur and Sulzner are dear friends for whom I have great respect and admiration. Mygood friend Peter Fairman also deserves mention. Peter provided me with tremendous assistance and advice on this project for which I could never repay him. Finally, I must thank my wife Kara, a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and a lawyer. In addition to her unfailing love and emotional support, Kara financially supported us for the one year I spent writing full-time. Without her, this book would surely not have been possible.