A Letter From The Publisher: Jun. 17, 1966

GETTING the story from an area closed to our correspondents poses special problems—somewhat like but still different from the task of covering the other side in World War II. Most of the reporting has to be done on the periphery, with techniques that have been well tested for years in the process of covering Communist China. Every facet of that kind of reporting was brought to bear for this week's cover story on the other side's dilemma and the shadowy figure who runs the North Vietnamese war machine, General Vo Nguyen Giap.

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