A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 14, 1976

Both of TIME'S chief reporters for the cover story on Italy's Communist Leader Enrico Berlinguer are of Italian descent and in some measure "native." By this happenstance, they could both melt into the Italian ambiance and simultaneously keep the distancing perspective that they both have as U.S. citizens. The result is a unique reportage of Italy's troubled times.

Rome Bureau Chief Jordan Bonfante, who followed Berlinguer to the green hill towns of Calabria, is the son of a distinguished linguistics professor who migrated to the U.S. in the '30s and settled in New...

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