This book owes an initial debt to Tom Johnson, president of CNN, who suggested it and then helped to find its first home, at Turner Publishing. When Turner Publishing shut down after the merger between Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner, the book found a new home at Westview Press, thanks to Executive Editor Leo Wiegman. Along the way, I have incurred numerous additional debts, notably to the editors of the Los Angeles Times, whose flexibility with work schedules allowed me to carry the work through to completion. In particular I want to thank Jack Nelson, Dick Cooper, Doyle McManus, Don Frederick, David Lauter, and Drex Heikes at the Times; Michael Reagan, Alan Axelrod, and Greg Williamson of Turner Publishing; my friend Tom Allen; and my agent, Carl Brandt. I am grateful for the encouragement and patience of my two daughters, Cynthia and Amelia. My deepest obligation in this endeavor, as in most other aspects of my life, is to my wife, Ellen Shogan, for her research and editing skills, but mostly for her love and support.