A Letter From The Publisher, May 22, 1978

There is a sullen reminder of what terrorism is doing to some aspects of life in Italy right outside the window of TIME's bureau in Rome. The office is just a few doors down from the Via Veneto, the broad, sunny avenue lined with outdoor cafes where the rich traditionally mingled with the curious. By day, the street is still busy, and tourists converge over wine and soda. But at night, the crowds no longer throng the avenue that was one of the most gay and fashionable in Europe. The dolce vita has been soured.

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