A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 9, 1979

The concrete cooling towers looming eerily in the dusk on this week's cover belong to the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant complex outside Harrisburg, Pa., site of the most serious accident in the relatively brief history of nuclear power. TIME dispatched three correspondents and a staff photographer to the stricken area, and their reports and pictures, along with files from our bureaus across the nation, were woven by Senior Writer Ed Magnuson into a story that not only reconstructs the accident in detail, but also assesses its consequences for the future of...

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