A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 17, 1969

TIME'S first issue this year reported that 1968 "was a year of revolutionaries. Students and militants, black and white, neophyte radicals and New Leftists raised fists and hurled stones at the old order." So far, 1969 has seen fewer violent confrontations. Yet the would-be revolutionaries remain, and the year's greatest issue by far has been question and protest about the quality and direction of life in the richest, most advanced nation on earth. TIME'S job has been not only to report on the rush of events, but to analyze their deeper meanings and perhaps suggest what can be done to ameliorate...

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