The Press: Lifting the Curtain

When the New York Herald's Henry Stanley found Dr. David Livingstone in darkest Africa, the Herald scored an exciting scoop.* Last week the Herald Tribune front-paged the results of another notable foray into dark territory: the report of a four-man team of Trib correspondents, on ten weeks behind the "Iron Curtain."

The series was perfectly timed. It broke the day before news of the Comintern's revival, with the result that more than 25 other top U.S. newspapers promptly signed up the series. (Nine book publishers also bid for it.) The eleven articles would take...

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