Whatever weaknesses readers may find in this book, they would have found many more without the kind and patient help, understanding and support of my mentors, family, and friends. George Mitchell, Scott Thompson, and Denis Simon waded through several versions of the entire manuscript, raising difficult questions of both theory and philosophy, and guiding me toward useful answers. My Fletcher colleague Bob Filippone insisted repeatedly on bringing me back to contemporary reality after my jaunt through history in the first two chapters. Jeswald Salacuse and Michael Klein inspired the formulation of Chapters 4 and 5, and endeavored (I fear with only partial success) to make my comments on international law and foreign investment a bit less crude. Many scholars and students have heard and read my papers on subthemes in this book, and have provided references and ideas, much-needed criticism, and encouragement.
The libraries and staffs of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, were not only of immeasurable assistance, but often made special arrangements to accommodate my peculiar research techniques. Katie Chase has been a meticulous and patient editor, tactfully convincing me to refine my stylistic idiosyncrasies for the benefit of the general reader.
My family has been patiently understanding over the many years that I took to organize a cloud of nebulous thoughts and feelings into a theme that made some sense. The result of a very special relationship, this book is dedicated to my wife, Donna, to whom I owe so much.