A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 20, 1976

There are only 79 short, hectic days between the euphoria of Election Night and the solemn Capitol Hill ceremony in which James Earl Carter Jr. will be inaugurated as the 39th President of the United States. They are crucial days for the new Chief Executive, as he selects the official and unofficial brain trust that will work with him in transforming campaign rhetoric into political reality.

For the reporters assigned to cover the slowly emerging Carter Administration, "there is the excitement of witnessing the first entries on a clean new page of history," says...

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