In my own Friends Meeting, in Boulder, Colorado, it has been customary for any member to ask for a "clearness committee," similar to those for membership and marriage, to counsel on any important, pending decision. I asked for a clearness committee to advise me on this book. Martin Cobin, clerk; Dick Counihan, convener; Mary Hey, Judith Howell, Jerry Krenz, Med Medrud, Connie Sawyer, Steve Thomas, and Wolf Thron were appointed by the monthly business meeting. They read the manuscript, sat twice by themselves and once with me, then reported back to the meeting.
During a visit in Philadelphia, I lunched with Asia Bennett and Joe Volk of the American Friends Service Committee and asked for a similar clearness committee of AFSC staff. This was arranged; the committee read the draft manuscript; and on a later occasion I met with them: Warren Witte, convener, and Judy Claude, Tom Conrad, Dave Elder, Corinne Johnson, Mohulatsi Mokeyame, and Joe Volk.
In addition, forty-one Friends-at-large read the manuscript and made comments. These were Steve Angell, Martha Avery, Lloyd Bailey, Hugh Barbour, Kitty Barragato, Elise and Kenneth Boulding, Edwin Bronner, Paul Carlson, Josephine Coats, Linda Coffin, Jim and Pat Corbett, Hugh Davidson, Dave Edinger, Chuck Fager, Herb and Mandy Fraser, Nelson and Marian Fuson, Pat and Jack Gilmore, Barbara Greenler, Barry Hollister, Paul Johnson, Stan Marshall, Tom Moore, Dave Mueller, Norma Price, Bob Schutz, Dan Seeger, Maia Soper, Allen Stokes, Bruce Thron-Weber, Thomas Todd, Brinton Turkle, Carol Urner, Bob Vogel, J.D. Von Pischke, Gilbert White, and Elaine Yarbrough. Tracy Mott, a colleague in economics, also read the manuscript and offered suggestions.