In the process of compiling this book, I have incurred debts of gratitude to numerous people, not all of whom I can acknowledge here without generating a chapter-length document.
First and foremost, I owe a debt of gratitude to Evelyn Oliver, my wife and partner of two decades, who participated in my informal field research with the Church of Scientology and who supported me during this project in ways too numerous to mention.
Thanks are especially due to the contributors. I anticipate that this will become an important collection—one to which all future scholars writing on Scientology will refer—thanks to the high-quality chapters these individuals have contributed.
I would also like to acknowledge the many Scientologists I have known over the past two dozen years. In no particular order, these include: David Aden, Sue Taylor, Gail Armstrong, Nancy O’Meara, Rick Moxon, Andrew Miln, Leisa Goodman, Janet Weiland, Sarah Burrough, Sheila McDonald, Glenn Barton, Jennifer Robinson, Kay and Lee Holzinger, Cindy and Steve Conway, Frank Molinaro, Sue Strzewski, Tony Klarich, Dave Klarich, Dan Costello, Nick Broadhurst, Yoko Takeda, Atushi Tojo Koji Minami, Chika Sakimoto, Heber Jentzsch and numerous other L.A. Scientologists whose names I have forgotten, and, finally, certain ex-Scientologists who prefer to remain nameless.
Thanks to Cynthia Read, my acquisitions editor, who took interest in the initial proposal and supported it through the approval process at Oxford University Press. Also, thanks to the manuscript’s anonymous reviewers whose feedback led to improvements in the final product.
I am grateful for the indirect support I received from the Philosophy Department at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Particular thanks are due the office staff, Georgette Jaworski and Diane Grubisha.