To our families, to whom we dedicate this book, we thank you for your infinite patience throughout this project. Without your support and encouragement, the completion of this project would not have been possible.
To Thomson/Learning South-Western, we would like to thank acquisitions editor, Sharon Oblinger, developmental editor, Mardell Toomey, marketing manager, Mignon Tucker, production editor, Cliff Kallemeyn, and our designer, Rik Moore.
Finally, we wish to thank our reviewers whose feedback helped shape the final product:
- Jagdish Gangolly, State University of New York at Albany
- Kevin Kobelsky, University of Southern California
- Jane Mutchler, Georgia State University
- Leslie Porter, University of Southern California
- Curt Westbrook, California State University, San Bernardino
Ulric J. Gelinas, Jr.
Steve G. Sutton