Samuel Johnson said, "Your manuscript is both good and original; but the parts that are good are not original, and the parts that are original are not good." I suspect that the reader of this book will find considerable truth in his admonition, for many of the most interesting insights in this book are the insights of others.
Many Russian colleagues throughout their country deserve my special thanks for their never-ending efforts to help me understand what was happening within a society in transition -- within the government, within financial circles, within all types of technical institutions, and within Russian families. From them I learned that generalities about Russian attitudes and motivations require many caveats. I learned that there is no one more resourceful than a Russian in coping with the unexpected. And I learned that a Russian friend will be there when you need him.
The leaders of the Ministry of Atomic Energy, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other governmental and scientific organizations repeatedly went out of their way to help ensure a professionally rewarding and personally satisfying stay for my wife and me in Moscow. If they viewed my activities at highly classified Russian facilities as suspicious, they never conveyed such an impression to me; and I can assure them that I never violated their trust. They were always ready to entertain any question I had. Invariably I received a frank and prompt answer, even though the answer was not always the one I wanted to hear. What a difference a few years can make!
The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) staff from the United States, Europe, Japan, and Russia displayed a level of loyalty and support for our collective efforts that rivaled my best experiences during a career of several decades as a manager of technical and policy programs in the United States. In many ways, I regretted the day