A Letter From The Publisher: May 10, 1982

It was as if the war were being waged not in the rough winter seas around the Falklands but in stormy government conference rooms in the capitals: London, Buenos Aires and Washington. "Never in my 20 years of covering Britain," says TIME Reporter Frank Melville, "can I recall a major crisis here that blew up so suddenly from out of nowhere." Says TIME London Bureau Chief Bonnie Angelo: "Even though the confrontation is in Falkland waters, the nerve center of the fleet is London—at No. 10 Downing Street."

The challenge was much the same in Buenos Aires. To get the story,...

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