A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 23, 1976

For weeks now the 1976 Republican National Convention has shaped up as a tricky challenge to politicians and journalists alike, with the outcome more and more unpredictable. After the almost endless series of ups and downs in the fortunes of the candidates and the increasingly terse infighting, the convention promised to turn into the bitterest G.O.P. battle since the Goldwater right-wing triumph over the moderates in 1964. TIME made careful plans to cover every step of the chancy action in Kansas City, from the expected struggles over the platform to the final vote of the last uncommitted delegate on nomination night....

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