A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 2, 1973

UNRAVELING the modern Arab mind on its own territory proved a difficult task for the trio of veteran TIME correspondents who reported the bulk of material for this week's cover story on Libyan Strongman Muammar Gaddafi and the complex politics of the Arab world. Fortunately, all three are experienced in the lore and ways of the Middle East.

Beirut Bureau Chief Spencer Davidson, who coordinated the coverage, worked for four years in New York as an associate editor in the World section, where he wrote six cover stories on the region. Davidson adroitly pinned down a vital but elusive Arab source—Ahmed...

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