A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 19, 1974

Most of this edition of TIME is devoted to one event, its causes and its consequences: the resignation of President Richard Nixon and the new era opened by the accession of President Gerald Ford. TIME has never before given so much space to one subject in a single issue, but the unprecedented nature of last week's stunning events made this effort inevitable—an effort in which most of our editors, writers, researchers and correspondents participated, along with all our art and picture staff.

In this special issue, we try to assess the state of the...

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