A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 22, 1965

IT is never easy to determine when a turning point has come in the tide of war (or of history or politics). During the decade since the French were defeated at Dienbienphu, TIME has carried 14 cover stories on the Vietnamese conflict, at times reporting hope and at others near despair. This time, though a dramatic reversal has taken place in Viet Nam: the drift of defeat has been halted by the overwhelming new U.S. buildup. This issue of TIME tells—as it has not been told anywhere else—the story of how this happened, and of events that have already destroyed many...

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