THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE who deserve thanks for their help with this book. Michael Bordo, Barry Eichengreen, Anne Krueger, Elias Papaioannou, and Peter Temin provided helpful comments on various sections. The external reviewers—Harold James, Kris Mitchener, and Robert Whaples—provided very useful feedback on an early draft. John Conklin, the government documents librarian at Dartmouth College, provided invaluable support in gaining access to many official publications. Todd Minsk and everyone at the Baker/Berry Library Circulation Desk kept a shelf open for me, ready to handle my frequent requests from the storage library. Diana Wyman of Statistics Canada graciously contributed some data used in chapter 3. Rebecca Kohn provided expert editorial assistance with the manuscript and improved it considerably. Seth Ditchik and his great team at Princeton University Press, including Leslie Grundfest, Janie Chan, and Karen Verde, helped shepherd the book through the review and publication process.
This book is dedicated to my father for having introduced me to the magical kingdom of the library, a place where it is impossible to become bored.