A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 7, 1942

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

The hardest place in the allied world to get background news out of is Russia. Reports of major battles come through all right — but the intimate facts about the Russian worker and about Russia's industrial mobilization have been closely guarded secrets since before Stalin came into power.

Only one American journalist I know of ever set out in overalls to make a life work of getting the truth about what the great Communist experiment is doing to Russian life. His...

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