A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 23, 1978

When the Lindblad Explorer entered the harbor of Shanghai at daybreak, three passengers had special reason to stand on the observation deck to command a full view of the city. Senior Writer Michael Demarest, who wrote this week's special report on the People's Republic, was making his first trip to China. The sight, he recalls, was wondrous and unexpected, with "freighters, tankers, junks and sampans set against that immortal skyline." Photographer Carl Mydans and Shelley, his novelist wife, were also thrilled by the panorama, but much of it was familiar to them. As...

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