A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 28, 1947

Neither TIME nor, so far as I am aware, any other of our magazines has ever before published a story quite like the Toynbee article.

This judgment by Benjamin H. Kizer, of the University of Washington's political science department, is the keynote of much of the mail we have received as a result of TIME'S March 17th cover story on Britain's Philosopher-Historian Arnold J. Toynbee and his monumental work on the rise & fall of civilizations.

Many of you asked for reprints of the story to pass along to friends, associates, students, and others who might have missed it or "ought to read...

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