While accepting full responsibility for the information and opinions expressed in this study, the authors are grateful to numerous individuals in various agencies of the United States government and in international, diplomatic, and private organizations in Washington and elsewhere who gave of their time, research materials, and special knowledge. We especially want to thank the staff of the Embassy of Finland. Special thanks must go to Taru Spiegel, Onni and Lulu Rauha, and Pirkko Johnes for their frequent aid and assistance.
The authors also want to thank those who contributed directly to the preparation of the manuscript. These include Richard F. Nyrop, who reviewed all drafts and served as liaison with the sponsoring agency; Ruth Nieland, Gage Ricard, and Sharon Shultz, who edited the chapters; Martha E. Hopkins, who managed editing and book production; and Barbara Edgerton, Janie L. Gilchrist, and Izella Watson, who did the word processing. Carolyn Hinton performed the final prepublication editorial review, and Shirley Kessel compiled the index. Linda Peterson of the Library of Congress Printing and Processing Section performed phototypesetting, under the supervision of Peggy Pixley.
David P. Cabitto, who was assisted by Sandra K. Cotugno and Kimberly A. Lord, provided invaluable graphics support. Stanley M. Sciora supplied information on ranks and insignia. Susan M. Lender wrote the section on geography in Chapter 2 and reviewed the map drafts, which were prepared by Harriett R. Blood, Kimberly A. Lord, and Greenhorne and O'Mara. Wayne Horn designed the illustrations for the book's cover and the title pages for four chapters. Marty Ittner prepared the illustration used for the title page of Chapter 2.
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