A Letter From The Publisher, May 20, 1974

In the U.S., popular and congressional support for Richard Nixon's presidency continued to crumble, keeping TIME'S Nation section busy with a fistful of cover stories. But it was also an exceptionally heavy week for our World section. From Canberra to Jerusalem, a shock wave of seemingly global proportions has been rattling the foundations of governments, toppling or threatening world leaders with astonishing regularity. The resignation of West Germany's Willy Brandt and the downfall of Canada's Trudeau government signaled a new high mark on the political Richter scale. This...

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