A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 18, 1978

Often as not, those who cover world news have to scramble for a train or a plane when a big story breaks. But last week when the smoldering dispute between the Shah of Iran and his conservative Muslim foes erupted into a major international crisis, TIME happened to have the right men at the right place at just the right time.

Anticipating the worst, Diplomatic Correspondent Strobe Talbott and Cairo Correspondent Dean Brelis had arrived in Tehran two weeks ago. The Iranian capital was already astir; nearly all of the Cabinet ministers that Talbott had been scheduled to see were gone, fired...

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