||James A. Speck
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The second edition of Mechanical Fastening, Joining, and Assembly is presented as a guide and reference to all who engage in the mechanical arts. A decade and a half have passed since the preface to the first edition was written. This passage of time has affirmed many of the ideas expressed in that first edition. Time has also witnessed the development of some interesting, and for our purposes, intellectually important, technical progress in the assembly of products and in the design, manufacturing, and installation of fastener products and procedures. Time has not been idle even during periods when worldwide economic engines were moving at less than full throttle. Ranging from the interest children exhibit in building things with toys such as interlocking blocks, rods, and connecting components to the advanced and sometimes strident adult voices and viewpoints expressed in the media, in academic institutions, and in political and public discourse around the world, a panoramic view of the subject of fastening and its foundational technologies, from the basics to the advanced is timely.