A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 2, 1942

To answer some of the questions our subscribers have been asking about how TIME gathers, verifies, writes and distributes its news.

Editor John Hersey of TIME'S World Battlefronts department walked into the office last week just seven days out of the Solomon Islands. He had flown the 10,000 miles from bumpy Henderson Field on Guadalcanal to the billiard-table runways of LaGuardia Airport in less than 160 hours.

Just seven days after Hersey got home, the Navy released the news of the sinking of the carrier Wasp. Hersey was on one of the ships in the Wasp's task force when the carrier was sunk,...

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