A Letter From The Publisher: Apr. 22, 1966

Thick Tri Quang is emerging as South Viet Nam's top Buddhist leader.

—TIME. Dec. 11, 1964

THUS, in a cover story on Buddhism 16 months ago, did the editors appraise the little-known, shadowy figure who last week emerged—big. That earlier story, "Buddha on the Barricades," examined the faith and its activist-passivist syndrome and warned that it is a force to be reckoned with. With the reckoning now nearer at hand, Tri Quang became the cover this week.

Telling the complex story of Viet Nam is an every-issue matter with TIME. And, since the climactic fall of the Diem regime in November 1963, the story...