A Letter From The Publisher, May 16, 1977

To report this week's cover story on the Mafia, our third in eight years, TIME correspondents in five major cities interviewed local federal authorities, talked with gangsters and followed their elusive tracks into casinos, pizza parlors, skyscraper offices and political hangouts. Covering the Mob casts the reporter in the role of sleuth—cultivating sources, comparing notes and collating data into hypotheses. Among the correspondents doing this detective work were New York Bureau Chief Laurence Barrett and John Tompkins, who are no strangers to the machinations of the Mob. Barrett edited TIME's first Mafia cover in 1969; Tompkins is a co-author of The...

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