A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 28, 1958

WITH news and history breaking out all over the Middle East, TIME'S chief correspondent in the area, John Mecklin, an old hand at censorship and canceled flights that leave correspondents stranded during crises, stuck close to his Beirut headquarters and the cable office. He was on hand to meet the U.S. Marines when they landed in Lebanon. Out of hjs background of 80,000 miles of travel over the past 2½ years, he was also able to contribute comprehensive and incisive commentary on all the week's events. Mecklin's current passport, two years old, already...

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