A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 13, 1948

We seldom get an eyewitness account of a TIME cover subject's reaction to our story about him at the time he first reads it. Therefore, the following account of Anastasio Somoza's reaction to his cover story may prove to be as interesting to you as it was to us.

Nicaragua's dictator was attending a small dinner party with a group of intimate friends at Managua's Nejapa Country Club when his Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs entered with a copy of the November 15th issue of TIME with Somoza's portrait on the cover. It had just...

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