My most humble bow to the people throughout history who had the courage to use nonviolent conflict to resist violent oppression. Because of their suffering, we have hope today. Next, I would like to recognize the scholars who conducted the research and developed the case studies needed to understand the dynamics of nonviolent conflict. I hope I have done an adequate job of getting the results of their efforts into the minds of more people. For a complete list of these scholars, please see the citations for my dissertation, Integral Nonviolent Conflict: Reframing the Idea of Civil Resistance Against Violent Oppression, available here or for public access through ProQuest/UMI publications. I also acknowledge Ken Wilber, who created the “all quadrants all levels” (AQAL) model of integral theory I used to begin integrating the field of strategic nonviolent conflict and to inform The Boétie Legacy, and a World in Peril.
I would also like to thank the people who have helped bring The Boétie Legacy to publication, specifically my beta readers for struggling through an earlier draft; my editor, Jennifer Zaczek of Cypress Editing, for guiding me through my first attempt at fiction; Dane at ebooklaunch.com for his patience in developing the cover design; Amanda Christine Kruse for proof reading the final manuscript, and the members and administrators of the Alliance of Independent Authors for their tips and support.
I also want to state that I spent only two months in Granada, Nicaragua, writing the first draft of The Boétie Legacy, and a World in Peril. I am not an expert on the country, nor do I have deep knowledge about the expats living there. My attempt was to provide a feel for the culture shock one experiences when moving to a poor country outside the world’s core group of nations, and to offer a more realistic view of Nicaragua than one gets from travel publications more interested in profit than reality.
Finally, I would like to offer a very special mention to A.M.M. for a memorable introduction to Granada, and my appreciation to the other expats and locals who also provided stories, insights, and anecdotes about life in Nicaragua.