A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 14, 1974

As a former TIME Moscow bureau chief and a veteran of Richard Nixon's trips to Russia and China in 1972, Diplomatic Editor Jerrold Schecter is as familiar with the Marxist way of life as anyone on our staff. He added a tropical socialist stamp to his passport recently as one of 29 journalists traveling to Cuba with Senators Jacob Javits and Claiborne Pell and remained on the island after the Senators' departure to report this week's World story on the status of Fidel Castro's revolutionary experiment.

"What struck me most about Cuban socialism," says Schecter, "is that it seems informal compared with...

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