A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 7, 1975

Big events are routine to TIME, but the past seven days were so full of shocks and surprises that editors had a hard time remembering a week like it. The U.S. and the world were trying to pick up the pieces after Henry Kissinger's failed Middle East mission. Saudi Arabia's King Faisal was assassinated. In Indochina, the Cambodian government seemed helpless, while President Nguyen Van Thieu's panicking army yielded province by province to North Vietnamese troops. Portugal, a member of NATO, was continuing its slide leftward. All of this presented serious problems for a U.S. recently too preoccupied with the recession...

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