A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 5, 1973

TIME'S map and chart department recognizes no boundaries. It is located in a room filled with bedspread-size charts, atlases as big as coffee tables and shelves full of materials dealing with such diverse subjects as tennis elbow, wine prices and the geography of the moon. "We try to focus on the main point and dramatize it symbolically," says Jere Donovan, who heads the department and has been a TIME cartographer since 1951.

For his updated maps of the Arab-Israel war in this week's World section, Donovan worked from files sent to him by TIME correspondents, who could be no more precise about...

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