A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 6, 1950

Dear Time-Reader

Noel Sherry, assistant circulation manager of TIME-LIFE International, has just returned from a 16,000-mile business trip to Hawaii, Siam, Indo-China, Indonesia, the Bahrein Islands, Iran, Turkey, Israel, and way places around the world. His account of his six-month journey seems to offer an interesting supplement to the daily reports of trained journalists in these areas. It contains much evidence that U.S. influence is truly global and touches the lives of the people everywhere.

In Singapore, for example, a stranger stopped Sherry on the street. "You're an American," he said. "I can tell by the suit. I've got one very much like...

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