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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

I would like to thank everybody who helped me to write this book. Top of that list have to be my family and friends, who either had to do without me altogether, or, when I was around, had to put up with someone who could be distant and grumpy. “You never write, you never ring,” was the headline of one typical email I received from a friend. This book is dedicated to my two wonderful daughters, Mary-Louise and Fionnuala, who had to do without their Dad for much of their 2002 summer holidays. I also want to thank their mother Perry for being so patient and understanding.

Additionally, I want to thank all those at Reuters who believed in this project and helped me to see it completed, particularly Americas Editor David Schlesinger, who supported the idea from the day I brought it to him, Global Head of News Stephen Jukes, News Editor Bernd Debusmann, Equities News Editor Betty Wong, and all my fellow managers for equities news in the United States who had to take on an extra workload in my absence, in particular Daniel Burns. Although the vast majority of this book is based on interviews and other research, I also borrowed at times from my Reuters colleagues. I originally wanted to include their names in the text but in the editing process those were mainly removed to make it flow more smoothly. The following deserve special mention for contributions from interviews, stories, editing suggestions, reading the proofs, or simply ideas: Peter Millership, Dick Satran, Alisa Bowen, Janie Gabbett, Ed Tobin, Deepa Babington, Tim McLaughlin, Bill Rigby, Chelsea Emery, Dan Sorid, Jonathan Stempel, Herb Lash, Bryson Hull, Karen Padley, Ian Driscoll, Siobhan Kennedy, Caroline Humer, Jed Seltzer, Brian Kelleher, Jamie Paton, Paul Thomasch, Dena Aubin, Brooke McDonald, Lesley Norton, Anna Driver, Andrew Mitchell, Brendan Intindola, Haitham Haddadin, Eric Auchard, Rans Pierson, Jack Doran, Greg Cresci, Lauren Weber, Dane Hamilton, Arindam Nag, Svea Herbst, Julie Macintosh, Brian Kelleher, and Jack Reerink. My friend QQ, who helped on the transcripts and some other key parts of the project, deserves a special mention. Apologies to those who should have been on this list but were left off because of my forgetfulness. I also want to thank all the people whom I interviewed for this book, who so cheerfully gave of their precious time.

The material in this book is drawn from a combination of firsthand reporting—mainly interviews by the author—and reports by other Reuters journalists, contemporary newspaper and magazine stories, company filings and news releases, academic studies, and books. Wherever practical I have tried to indicate the sources for the material I have used. Any opinions that are not attributed to sources are my own and are not necessarily those of Reuters or Prentice Hall. Any errors are also my responsibility.

Finally, I want to thank Jim Boyd at Prentice Hall for being so understanding and helpful throughout, particularly when he was getting stonewalled on his gentle inquiries about progress, and Giles Elgood at Reuters for his fine editing.

Martin Howell
New York
March 2003

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