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Copyright © 2004 by Tom Negrino and Dori Smith

Editor: Nancy Davis
Production Coordinator: Lisa Brazieal
Compositor: Danielle Foster
Indexer: Emily Glossbrenner
Cover Design: The Visual Group
Cover Production: Nathalie Valette

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The information in this book is distributed on an “As Is” basis, without warranty. While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of the book, neither the author nor Peachpit Press, shall have any liability to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the instructions contained in this book or by the computer software and hardware products described in it.


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To the memory of Bill Horwitz and Dorothy Negrino, because they loved learning.

Special Thanks to:

Big thanks to our editor Nancy Davis; her expert touch and fierce dedication always make our work better.

Thanks to Lisa Brazieal for her excellent production work.

Our heartfelt thanks to Danielle Foster, the book's compositor, who laid out the book under incredible time pressure, and pulled off the job with grace and aplomb.

We're grateful to Peachpit's Nancy Ruenzel and Marjorie Baer for their support.

We would like to thank our agent, David Rogelberg of Studio B, for his hard work and good advice.

Thanks to our son Sean, for understanding when his parents got cranky, and for making himself dinner on more than one occasion.

We'd like to express our special thanks to all of the high school, college, and university instructors who chose to use the previous editions of this book as a textbook for their classes.

Dori would like to thank the wonderful ladies in the W&S group for their loving kindness and virtual hugs. And thanks are also due to the Wise-Women's Web community (http://www.wise-women.org) for their patience, support, and inspiration as role models.

Music is the fuel for Tom's writing, and this book is no exception. The soundtrack and musical inspiration for this fifth edition was graciously provided by Lucy Kaplansky, Patty Griffin, Kim Richey, Wolfgang Mozart, Richard Shindell, Evanescence, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alice Peacock, Rosanne Cash, REM, Antonio Vivaldi, and the shuffle feature in iTunes.

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