Although writing a book is frequently a lonely task, it cannot be accomplished without a wide network of support. The financial assistance of the Department of History and the Graduate School of Miami University enabled me to complete the initial research and then to write full-time. Grants from the Gerald R. Ford Foundation and the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library allowed me to complete additional research. The librarians and archivists at the various research facilities I visited were helpful and efficient, and all of them went out of their way to be kind to a stranger. In particular, I thank the archivists of the Arizona Historical Foundation, who granted me full access to their resources in spite of the reorganization they were undergoing. Similarly, the staff of the National Archives and Records Administration, both in Washington, D.C., and Laguna Niguel, exceeded the bounds of duty by offering transportation and refreshment, as well as use of the archives' wonderful resources. I am also grateful to the staff of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library.
Throughout the book's development, I have benefited from the suggestions and critiques of numerous people. In the early stages, Allan Winkler