A Letter From The Publisher: Mar. 10, 1961

IN five years of covering Indo-China, first for Associated Press and then for TIME, Ottawa-born James Wilde has made friends ranging from opium smugglers and pedicab drivers to Buddhist priests and politicians.

Among the most important of the friends is Prince Souvanna Phouma, one of the two rival "Premiers" of Laos. Fortnight ago, neutralist Prince Souvanna sent an aide to Wilde's hotel room in Pnompenh, Cambodia, to tell him he had just half an hour to get one of the best stories of his career: a trip to the Communist side of the front in...

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