ACCORDING TO MY WIFE, GINNY, I SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE THE contribution of the La-Z-Boy company, which manufactured the chair in which I wrote most of this book. In addition to warning me that I should sit on both sides of the chair, my wife also read various versions of the manuscript, pushing for clarity and conciseness. Any failings on that score were entirely mine, as the condition of my now listing recliner attests.
Other friends were also generous with their time as this manuscript took shape, and it profited from their comments. Marilyn Laurie, who was my boss at AT&T for nearly two decades, easily resumed her natural role of cheerleader, guide, and sounding board. Vic Pelson, another former AT&T senior executive, gave me the benefit of his broad and deep experience navigating global markets. Bill Clossey, who led AT&T’s international public affairs for several years, helped sharpen the book’s argument and kept me from getting lost in the statistics. Michael Goodman, the director of the Corporate Communications Institute at Fairleigh Dickinson University, shared his own extensive research on anti-Americanism and was one of the first to urge me to tackle the subject. David Goodman, a young expat living in Paris, kept me in touch with the local media in what many people consider ground zero for anti-Americanism. Steve Kowitt made a number of thoughtful suggestions that improved the book’s structure. Marcel Martin allowed me to tap his years of experience as a United Nations official and provided many helpful suggestions. And Bill Culley not only shared his experiences with the United States Information Agency and the Voice of America, but took my photo for the book jacket.
Among the many business people I interviewed in the course of my research, I particularly want to single out the following for generously