A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 2, 1968

WHEN the curtain first went up on the drama of Czechoslovakia, TIME'S cover story (April 5) on Alexander Dubček observed that, more than any other man, he had "planned, pleaded for and nurtured the sweeping changes that promise to alter the temper and quality of Czechoslovak life, and perhaps the nature of Communism in the rest of Eastern Europe as well." As that drama began to climax with a confrontation between Dubček and a phalanx of irritated Russian leaders, TIME'S correspondents concerned themselves last week not only with the central characters but with...

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