First off, I have to thank McGraw-Hill for reverting the rights for this project back to me. I can't say that the relationship with McGraw-Hill was always rosy, but I did learn a lot about the textbook business from all the folks I worked with there, and I want to thank all of you for that education.
Thanks to the many readers who offered their review comments on my manuscript at various stages. Usually, this would be the part of the book where all those folks would be listed by name. But since we never got to that stage, the reviewers are still anonymous to me. So hopefully some of you know who you are, and thanks for your thoughts.
I want to give a special shout-out/thanks to Laura Olson, the development editor for the last version of the manuscript McGraw-Hill sent out in 2005. As far as I can tell, Laura was the only person (other than my wife, I think) who read the book as closely and as carefully as I did. Actually, she probably read it more closely than I did. The advice and editing she offered in the last version of this book were great.
There are a ton of colleagues in the field and in the textbook biz I should thank, but the only two I'll mention for now: John Mauk and Nick Carbone, each of whom offered different pieces of wisdom along the way.
And of course I have to thank the hundreds of students I've had who over the years who have helped me develop this book, especially those who were generous enough to give me permission to rework their writing to present here as examples in the book.