A Letter From The Publisher: Mar. 17, 1961

DURING ten years abroad for TIME, Hong Kong Bureau Chief Stanley Karnow has done the basic reporting for cover stories all over the globe (most recently: Ferhat Abbas, Liu Shao-chi, Robert Menzies, Hong Kong). He rates his latest — this week's biography of Laos' King Savang Vatthana and his beleaguered country — as "undoubtedly the most difficult." The task, says Karnow, was "to create literary order out of an anarchy of anthropological detail, history and legend, incongruous economics, fanciful military information, and political developments that are really complex regional and family rivalries. Trying to put Laos into intelligible language...

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