The authors wish to acknowledge the contributions of T.D. Roberts, Donald M. Bouton, Irving Kaplan, Barbara Lent, Charles Townsend, and Neda A. Walpole, who coauthored the first edition of Ivory Coast: A Country Study, the predecessor of the current volume. The authors also wish to thank Roxanne Donahey, William Kallon, Vincent Kern, Gilda Nimer, and Benjamin Nimer, who updated the original volume with a new section entitled "Summary of Events: January 1963-December 1972." Their collective work provided the organizational outline for the present volume as well as substantial portions of the text. The authors are grateful to those individuals in various public and private agencies who contributed photographs, research materials, and invaluable time and expertise to the production of this book.
The authors also wish to thank those who contributed directly to the preparation of the text. Thomas Collelo and Richard F. Nyrop reviewed all drafts and provided guidance; Martha E. Hopkins and Marilyn Majeska managed editing and production; Mimi Cantwell, Sharon Costello, Vincent Ercolano, Ruth Nieland, and Sharon Schultz edited the chapters; Beverly Wolpert performed the final prepublication review; and Shirley Kessel prepared the index. Also involved in preparing the text were editorial assistants Barbara Edgerton and Izella Watson. Malinda B. Neale of the Library of Congress Composing Unit prepared the camera-ready copy, under the supervision of Peggy Pixley.
David P. Cabitto reviewed draft maps from which he, Kimberly A. Lord, and Harriett R. Blood prepared the final maps. Additional thanks are due also to Kimberly A. Lord for designing the artwork for the cover and the illustrations on the title page of each chapter and, with David P. Cabitto and Sandra K. Ferrell, preparing charts and graphs. Arvies J. Staton provided information on military ranks, uniforms, and insignia.
Finally, the authors thank Edmond K. Desbhy of the Embassy of Côte d'Ivoire in Washington, D.C., for providing photographs used in the text and sharing his expertise.
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