A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 13, 1976

A good reporter is, in many ways, a good detective. He often starts with only scraps of information, a tip or a hunch; he must use his skills, his experience, his instincts to find the story that lurks behind sometimes apparently unrelated facts. It can be a laborious task. But, as the pieces of a puzzle come together, it is rewarding.

Even eight months after his death, Howard Hughes remains a puzzle. This week, however, TIME discloses new and compelling insights, including exclusive excerpts from Freelance Writer James R. Phelan's upcoming book, Howard Hughes:...

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