A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 6, 1972

VIET NAM does not go away," wrote Saigon Bureau Chief Stanley Cloud. "Like it or not, the story here seems to have found the secret to perpetual life." With firefights still raging outside Saigon, Cloud was understandably guarded in his reaction to reports of an imminent ceasefire. But last week, with Henry Kissinger proclaiming "Peace is at hand," a team of 23 TIME writers and reporter-researchers under Senior Editors Jason McManus and Otto Friedrich put the final touches to a 20-page special section on the long war and the shape of coming peace....

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