The writing of this book has been greatly facilitated in various ways by others. I am deeply appreciative of the aid and advice given by friends and associates, but I take full responsibility for all interpretations and for any errors of fact or judgment. I would especially like to thank Dr. Fred Harvey Harrington, of the University of Wisconsin, for his criticism, advice, and support. To Dr. Thomas Le Duc, of Oberlin College, and to Dr. Richard Thompson, of Ohio University, I owe a debt of gratitude for advice during the early stages of research. My thanks also go to the Historical Division of the Department of State for permission to use State Department documents, and to the University of Wisconsin for financial aid. I am greatly indebted to Texas Lutheran College for the encouragement and assistance given during the writing of this book; especially to Dr. A. G. Wiederaenders and Dean E. B. Everitt for their close cooperation. Last, but certainly not least, I must express the feeling of deep gratitude for the help and support of my wife Alberta Smith. Her long hours of typing, translating (my handwriting), proofreading, and literary criticism have made this book possible.
ROBERT FREEMAN SMITH