A Letter From The Publisher: Mar. 28, 1969

ARRANGING an interview with a head of state often involves a time-consuming and frustrating tangle of red tape. For TIME'S Saigon Bureau Chief Marsh Clark, merely making a date with South Viet Nam's President Nguyen Van Thieu was a great deal simpler than keeping it. When he arrived at the presidential palace to interview Thieu for this week's cover story, Clark's press credentials did not move the guards to relax the caution of long experience. The office car, the two tape recorders Clark was carrying, everything got a thorough going-over. In a search for hidden bombs or bombers, one guard even...

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