I am deeply grateful to many friends for their valuable suggestions for this manuscript. Limitations of space necessarily confine my statement. Straight away, I want to give my heartfelt thanks to my keen and discriminating editor, Dan Eades, who liked what he read in these pages and accepted them for publication. His continued confidence was balm through the grind of production. I wish also to thank my beloved friend and colleague, Corliss Lamont, for writing his gracious presentation of me for the Foreword.
Having decided that this book was to be constructed on the building blocks of the archival materials, I plunged into the extensive research. The British archives became my first quest. I was cordially and courteously received in the Public Records Office in London by the Keeper of the Public Records, George Martin, who promptly issued my reader's card. His assistant, Mr. Chalmers, and the other staffers provided ready help, initiating me into the intricacies of their file codes and computerized system for calling up documents.
Eva Verdi, a native Czechoslovak of long residence in London, expressed interest in this work following my presentation of a paper on the Crane/Masaryk Connection at the International Conference on Tomáš Masaryk at the School of Slavonic Studies of London University. She generously undertook to search the records for the war years and beyond for 1941-1948, sending me packing to other a rchives. Hers was a most useful and pleasurable collaboration.
Prof. Arthur S. Link graciously eased my way into the immense 49- volume collection that he edited of Woodrow Wilson Papers at the Firestone Library of Princeton. The staff at special collections was