I wanted to do it, but she wanted it even more. She said it had to be done for the children of the world. She cajoled, she pushed and she insisted that we keep our nose to the grindstone. She read every word, those kept and those discarded-some several times. Most importantly, Karen first suggested that I work with Tom, the youngest of our five children. His writing skills, his persistence in keeping integrity with the message and his exceptionally quick learning of the subject matter made the project possible.
He wrote several chapters in this book himself and rewrote many more, bringing clarity to my message. And our other children (Nelson-and wife Kim, LeAnne, Keith, Dan) and grandchildren (Whitney, Colin, Steven, Nelson, Laura) could not have been more encouraging. Their love and support cannot be measured in mere words. I also am indebted to another family of mine:
my many undergraduate honors students, post-graduate doctoral students, post-doctoral research associates and my fellow professorial colleagues who worked in my research group and who were the gems of my career. Regretfully, I could only cite in this book a small sample of their findings, but far, far more could have been included. Yet more friends, associates and family contributed mightily, through their meticulous reading of various versions of the manuscript and their detailed feedback.
Alphabetically, they included Nelson Campbell, Ron Campbell, Kent Carroll, Antonia Demas, Mark Epstein, John and Martha Ferger, Kimberly Kathan, Doug Lisle, John Robbins, Paul Sontrop and Glenn Yeffeth. Advice, support and generous help also came in many other forms from Neal Barnard, Jodi Blanco, Junshi Chen, Robert Goodland, Michael Jacobson, Ted Lange, Howard Lyman,