The authors would like to acknowledge the contributions of Elizabeth de Lima-Dantas, Robert S. North, Jorge P. Osterling, Craig H. Robinson, and Phyllis Greene Walker, who wrote the 1985 edition of Mexico: A Country Study . The present volume incorporates portions of their work.
The authors are grateful to individuals in various government agencies and private institutions who gave of their time, research materials, and expertise in the production of this book. None of these individuals is, however, in any way responsible for the work of the authors.
The authors also would like to thank those people on the staff of the Federal Research Division who contributed directly to the preparation of the manuscript. They include Sandra W. Meditz, who reviewed drafts, provided valuable advice on all aspects of production, and conducted liaison with the sponsoring agency; Marilyn L. Majeska, who managed editing and production; Andrea T. Merrill, who edited figures and tables; Janie L. Gilchrist and Izella Watson, who did word processing and initial typesetting; and Stephen C. Cranton and Janie L. Gilchrist, who prepared the camera-ready copy. In addition, thanks go to Christopher R. Conte and Ayo I. Mseka, who edited chapters; Beverly Wolpert, who performed the final prepublication editorial review; and Sandi Schroeder, who compiled the index.
Thanks also go to David P. Cabitto of the Federal Research Division, who provided valuable graphics support and prepared the maps with the assistance of Maryland Mapping and Graphics. Special thanks go to Wayne Horne, who designed the cover, and to Gustavo Mendoza, who designed the illustrations for each title page. Finally, the authors acknowledge the generosity of the individuals and the public and private agencies who allowed their photographs to be used in this study.
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