“To them I dedicate the effort represented in this book”

Suffice it to say, I hope, that I have nothing against this author or book. In fact, the book itself seems pretty interesting, and I may very well track down a copy. BUT . . . is it it just me, or does the final paragraph of the Acknowledgments page seem a bit, shall we say, much?

I know this bit of snark borders on being distasteful, due both the author’s earnestness and the motivation for his being so earnest. And perhaps I deserve your scorn more than he or it. But it is a risk I’m willing to take.