A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 8, 1960

FORTNIGHT ago, while telephoning in a report from Algiers, TIME'S Paris Bureau Chief Frank White interrupted himself to announce that gunfire had broken out near by and that he was off to investigate. For White, who foresightedly flew into Algiers as soon as he heard of the sacking of Paratrooper Jacques Massu, the next few days were full of minor irritations, major risks.

To get his story, White shuttled back and forth between the French army and the insurgent barricades, on one occasion was held for half an hour by a band of trigger-happy insurgents who feared that publicity would expose them...

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