A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 1, 1958

IN THE nine years since Mao Tse-tung took ' power in Peking, China has become shrouded in a fog of ignorance almost as thick as in the days of Marco Polo. Three weeks ago, determined to separate fact from fiction, TIME correspondents in 13 bureaus around the world began a mass assault on the Bamboo Curtain. Their chief weapons: interviews with scores of latter-day Marco Polos ranging from British M.P.s to Argentine M.D.s, plus a mining of the exhaustive studies of Red China now being carried out in U.S. and British universities, and intelligence findings in many nations. Piece by piece,...

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