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This was a difficult book to write in many respects. It involved a lot of research, and the deployment of a considerable amount of diplomacy, a quality for which I have never been famous. Also, it took me nearly two years to finish. I do not consider these two years wasted, for during them I studied at close quarters the life and mental movements of one of the most remarkable people in the world. In that sense I transformed myself, for months, into a mirror, though sometimes the image that stood in the mirror was not beautiful. When it was not, I have tried to reflect it. But I hope the mirror never cracked.
- from the Preface