This book would not have been possible without the hard work, faith, and talents of some remarkable people.
To Sarah Hammond, the best assistant a writer could want. If you work in publishing, hire her. Sarah is more talented that I thought possible.
I'd like to thank my researchers Sean Carruthers and Maurice Cacho for working to make some of the hard parts of this book easy. Sean, you are a godsend. Maurice, you have a fantastic career ahead of you.
Thanks to Sam Hiyate, my agent and friend, for believing in me early on and being a tireless advocate for my career.
To Rick Kughen, my acquisitions and development editor. Thank you for your faith, guidance, professionalism , and most of all, good humor. Let's go fishing some time.
To Matt Harris, for being there when I needed you most. I couldn't have a better friend.
To JJ Dugoua, for your imaginative care and healing.
To the gang at Call for Help , especially Amber, Katya, and Mike, all who put up with my fatigue, grumpiness, and multiple personalities.
To Simon, Nick, and Joanna, my brothers and sister, for your lifelong cheerleading.
To Steve Gibson, for your generosity of mind and spirit.
To Leo Laporte, my friend, my mentor, and my guide; without you this book would never have happened .
And finally, to Roo, who traveled with me so many miles.
August 9, 2005