WRITING IS supposed to be a lonely profession, but my experience has been precisely the opposite. Throughout the long process of writing this book, I have been helped, encouraged, educated, critiqued, and supported by literally scores of people. I am grateful to all of them but must content myself with thanking only a few explicitly.
Several of my former professors continued to give invaluable support and advice. James Q. Wilson, now of UCLA, has remained a vital source of practical wisdom, scholarly advice, and professional support. Above all, he has the rare ability to push his students to their fullest potential, and his honest evaluations of my work were always appreciated. Others who have been of great help at various points in the completion of this project include R. Shep Melnick, Harry Hirsch, Walter Dean Burnham, Louis Menand III, and Al Sumberg. I thank all of them.
Several of my colleagues at Clemson University have provided encouragement and assistance. I am especially happy to have had the friendship of William F Connelly, Jr., Susan and Bernie Duffy, Lois Duke, Leonard J. Greenspoon, John Johnson, Martin Slann, Steve Wainscott, and Dave Woodard. Charles W. Dunn was extremely helpful and supportive, not only reading and critiquing the manuscript but also making life easier in countless ways. Dean Robert A. Waller provided release time in 1986 to permit the completion of the manuscript, and I am grateful to him. Deborah Whitfield, Rita Pruitt, and Cathy Stowers have tolerated my jokes and contributed considerable support. The Clemson University Research Grants Committee provided generous financial assistance over several years.
Many other friends and colleagues should be recognized, either for providing specific assistance on the manuscript or for contributing to my education on the Court and on American politics. Among these are Louis Fisher, John Brigham, Sue Davis, Mary Thornberry, and Elder Witt.