A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 24, 1972

TO the television audience, a national convention comes on like a minor Gettysburg. There are frontal attacks, skirmishes in obscure corners— all accompanied by fanfares and flourishes. But as any general will tell you, the thing to know is where the reserves are hidden, which woods conceal what cavalry and who commands them. It is this analysis of men of significance that is the yearlong concern of TIME'S political coverage— and especially so during the quadrennial convention battles.

On hand in Miami Beach were Time Inc. Editor in Chief Hedley Donovan, TIME Managing Editor...