A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 16, 1976

For the journalist, writing books is very much a busman's holiday. In recent months several TIME staff members have devoted vacations, weekends, evenings and sometimes leaves of absence to completing books.

Five TIME correspondents have produced volumes that grew directly out of assignments for the magazine. Hays Gorey, who reported on Watergate, recalls how in August 1974 "John Dean called me, said he was preparing to enter prison, and he wanted 'Mo' to be occupied." Gorey and Maureen Dean solved the problem by collaborating on "Mo": A Woman's View of Watergate. Washington Bureau Chief Hugh Sidey wrote the text for Portrait of...