A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 4, 1974

For this week's cover story, TIME Congressional Correspondent Neil MacNeil filed more than 100 pages of background on House Majority Leader Thomas (Tip') O'Neill, whom he has known for almost 15 years. But for the story there was still plenty for MacNeil to learn. He spent nine days in Boston and Cambridge, talking with O'Neill's wife, children, sister, friends and aides. Early one morning he accompanied the Congressman on one of his "ethnic walks" as he stopped and chatted with the shopkeepers through whom he keeps in touch with his district. "O'Neill doesn't pull any punches," says MacNeil. "When you ask...

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