A Letter From The Publisher: Nov. 2, 1970

BY definition, a study of the urban guerrilla as a worldwide phenomenon is bound to strain the capabilities of the most resourceful journalist. Nineteen TIME bureaus from Los Angeles to Beirut contributed to this week's cover story on the subject. Practically all the correspondents found it a frustrating assignment; primary sources tended to be underground or in jail, or in quick transit from one to the other.

Two weeks ago, while covering the Cross-Laporte case, Montreal Correspondent Vincent Carlin discovered that his best sources were disappearing behind bars. Last week he interviewed Pierre Bourgault, a nonviolent Quebec separatist who had been...

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