A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 18, 1951

When Correspondent Jim Bell went to Iran four months ago, he landed in a wave of good will toward TIME. Main reason: Many Iranians considered our February 5th story "Iran: Land of Insecurity" the soundest piece of reporting about their country ever printed in the foreign press. As you may remember, that story traced the political intrigue and confusion in oil-laden, strategic Iran, reported the dangerous bungling by the British and the eleventh-hour vacillation by the U.S. State Department.

At the time, I reported to you the editors' reasoning behind such a story. "It is news," they said, "in the sense that...

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