It is hard to believe that the researching and writing of this book took
only six years, not only because I feel at least two decades older now
than when I began but also because of the innumerable debts I have
accumulated since my dissertation proposal was approved in 1997. Most
of these debts are intellectual and spiritual, which makes them di≈cult
to quantify. I am certain, though, that I will never be able to repay the
many people—family, friends, colleagues, and instructors—who gave so
generously of their time and talent.
Let me begin with the more tangible—that is, financial—debts. A
dissertation year fellowship from Northwestern University provided
funding for my research trips to Abilene, College Park, Lubbock, Mis-
soula, Princeton, St. Louis, Washington, Cambridge, and Boston. The
Cushwa Center at Notre Dame furnished a grant that covered the costs
of a rewarding visit to South Bend. To cite an extreme instance of the
openhanded beneficence that graced this project from the beginning:
the sta√ of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of
Montana has yet to bill me for the hundreds of dollars in photocopies I
made, despite several phone calls and letters reminding them of my
now four-year-old tab. Senator Mansfield could not have asked for a
more accommodating group of archivists to oversee his papers.
Archivists in general, I have discovered, are a unique breed. James
Arnold dedicates his fine monograph The First Domino ‘‘to the archi-
vists, . . . custodians of democracy’s greatest treasure, truth.’’ I think that’s
making the eagle scream a bit. My appreciation of archivists owes less to
the nobility of their profession than to the courtesy they inevitably
display, their seemingly inexhaustible patience, and the countless hours
of searching that their advice to look at this or that file has saved me.
Among a stellar assortment, I would like to single out five archivists for
special thanks. Tom Branigar and Herb Pankratz of the Eisenhower
Library are simply the best record keepers I have ever encountered,
having an encyclopedic knowledge and capacity to provide insight into
personality and politics that beggars description. Ron Frankum was a
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