Dear patient readers,
The manuscript has gone in after copy edits and some major revisions (some across the book reordering to tighten the argument and clear up redundancies, and a ton of work on one chapter which has some primary research). There is still pre-galley proofreading (they do it and I review it) and I may be able to do some surgical interventions, but the big push is past.
I had a great deal of help in the final phase of this Bataan death march from quite a few readers, two of whom, Andrew Dittmer and Richard Smith, were very intensively involved in the ten days, and two others (Tom Adams and a reader who prefers to remain anonymous) were critical resources in nailing down some technical details on a complex trading strategy that the book discusses at some length in one chapter.
Others who have been involved in the book on an ongoing basis (Tom Ferguson, Doug Smith, Satyajit Das, Marshall Auerback, Rob Parenteau) provided badly needed sanity checks on a range of topics. A team of readers who had volunteered to do research (Doru Lung, Ben Fisher, Olivier Daviron, Falk Mazelis, Marc Kelechava, Iain Simpson, Jason Windawi, Megan Fries) provided prompt and helpful responses when I could not run something down quickly on Google. Kristina Melomed took up the task of citation checking.
Ed Harrison stepped into the breach on the blog, not only providing quite a bit of his own commentary, but also taking on the additional task of vetting and posting guest post submissions.
This is only a partial list of the people who made important contributions to the book, but I wanted to single out the ones who helped with the final push to get it completed on time.
I am still a bit fried and want to get back to blogging, but I also did not read ANY news for a week, which makes me a bit nervous about the risk of saying something and missing a critical detail. So I will be in catch up mode on a number of fronts which probably means lighter than normal volume for the next few days.
Thanks again for your interest and support!