A Letter From The Publisher: Feb. 9, 1968

IT was 2:05 p.m. in New York ' City—3:05 the next morning in Viet Nam—when TIME'S direct Teletype from Saigon clacked out an ominous message: "Don't ring our receiver alarm bell. We must keep silent. Please do not call us. We will call you."

Not long afterward, Saigon Bureau Chief William Rademaekers put in the promised call. When the V.C. hit the city, he said, all hell broke loose within sight and sound of TIME'S villa. An M-16 rifle was in one hand, Rademaekers said, while he carried on a long-distance teletype "conversation" with...

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