This book wandered from station to station with the help of so many. I have benefited immeasurably from the inspiring suggestions and radiant thought of Ruth Nevo. I cannot imagine what this national biography would have looked like without her ongoing enthusiasm and encouragement. I am very grateful to Moshe Halbertal and Zali Gurevich, who gave so generously of their time from the moment of departure on, reading one chapter after another, enriching the voyage with their superb insights and criticism. I have been fortunate to have had many other readers at different junctures: Elizabeth Abel, Robert Alter, Jessica Bonn, Michal Ben-Naphtali, Alon Confino, Ruth Ginsburg, Miki Gluzman, Erich Gruen, Galit Hasan-Rokem, Moshe Greenberg, Melila Helner-Eshed, Francis Landy, Menahem Lurberboim, Adi Ophir, Michele Rosenthal, Naomi Seidman, Michael Walzer, and Shira Wolosky.