I believed that writing the acknowledgments to this book would be easy. After
all, I fully realized that without the support of many people and institutions,
this book would have stalled out long ago. The problem, I finally recognized,
was not because I had nobody to thank, but that, in fact, I have benefited
from so much generosity that these acknowledgments would become epic in
length. In an e√ort to keep these pages shorter than the book itself, I apolo-
gize in advance to those who scan this generalized thank-you with the de-
served anticipation of seeing their name. I hope, instead, I have demonstrated
my gratitude in other ways.
This book developed from my Ph.D. dissertation for the University of
Chicago, and those noted in that manuscript deserve reiterated thanks here.
Certain institutions, nevertheless, must be mentioned again—the National
Science Foundation, members of suny at Bu√alo, School of Law, and the sta√
at the National Archives in San Bruno were indispensable. Susan Silbey, Law-
rence Friedman, and Schlegel! through their continued friendship have pro-
vided me with an ‘‘imagined’’ academic home since I left teaching.
In addition, many new friends and colleagues have helped the manuscript
in its transition to its present form: my editors at Duke University Press—
Raphael Allen, Mark Mastromarino, and Courtney Berger—and my ‘‘anony-
mous readers,’’ including Frank Wu, went well beyond my expectations to
repeatedly provide useful insights that allowed me to turn the manuscript into
a more cohesive whole. Eagle-eye Phil Lumish for his unfailing dedication to
punctuation, David Chao of dcm who gave me ‘‘shoptime,’’ and graphic
assistance by Scott Peterson and Nancy Aaron must also be noted.
Finally, I must thank three members of my family: my mother, who taught
me to wander and wonder the world, Scott, who beyond all the words and
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