A Letter From The Publisher: Apr. 7, 1967

"How fares the world?" asks TIME's Essay this week, and in effect replies: "Better than you think." Essay's tour of world horizons beyond the Viet Nam battleground is a reminder of the fact that some of the most important news is made not by instant headlines but by gradually developing trends. Such news-in-progress is exemplified by two major TIME stories in the fields of foreign affairs and medicine.

EAST GERMANY is less accessible than any other of Eastern Europe's Communist countries, and less is known about it. But the Walled-in domain is in many...

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