When I read books, I always check the acknowledgements carefully and I am often surprised at how many names are listed. But writing a book is very much a team effort and even with this comparatively short volume, many people helped.
First, a very big thank-you goes to James Lowry Blundell, younger son, for prompting the original idea for this book; and to Colleen Dyble and Yiqiao Xu, then both at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, for their early enthusiasm when I tested the theme on them.
As the work progressed, I received many forms of support and assistance. I thank the following:
Professor David T Beito (University of Alabama); David Boaz (Cato Institute); Dr Tom G Palmer (Atlas Economic Research Foundation); and Marty Zupan (Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University), for early advice;
Christine V Blundell, Ellen B Corman, and Susannah M Hickling for research and editorial help;
Meg and Maria Allen and Dan and Pete Peters for enthusiastic support. Pete in particular encouraged my inclusion of Abigail Adams but passed on in late 2010 before publication;