A salute of gratitude goes to the more than two dozen historians who bravely offered their thoughts on who should be included in Clio's Favorites. Their friendly and professional counsel turned an idea into reality. Special mention is due Robert Ferrell, Jack Greene, William Harbaugh, Michael Kammen, Linda Kerber, Leonard Levy, Merrill Peterson, James Morton Smith, and Paul H. Smith. The director of the University of Missouri Press, Beverly Jarrett, has been supportive at all phases of publication, as has the managing editor, Jane Lago. Their decision to place footnotes at the bottoms of the pages (where they belong) was a victory of good judgment over production costs. And all of the authors deserve thanks, too, for their willingness to write an essay, pay attention to deadlines, and have faith in the project.