A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 19, 1981

Last Tuesday morning, TIME Correspondent Wilton Wynn was walking to his office in Rome when he recalled that exactly eight years ago to the day, he had been urgently summoned to Egypt to cover a war; Anwar Sadat's Egyptian army had crossed the Suez. Only hours later, Wynn was again summoned to Cairo, this time to cover carnage of a different kind: the assassination of Sadat. It was a haunting journey for a man who had spent eleven years as a correspondent in Egypt and dozens of hours in intimate talk with its slain...

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