A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 1, 1979

An intimidating assignment. Cut Henry Kissinger's thickly woven, elaborately detailed memoir, White House Years, down from 750,000 words to some 30,000, maintain its sense of narrative and still retain the breadth, texture and philosophical shadings of the original. If that was not challenge enough for Assistant Managing Editor Ronald Kriss, he also had to guard his work on the project — the three-part serialization of Kissinger's book that begins this week — as if it were a state secret. "We did not want stories to appear in advance of TIME'S own first excerpt,"...

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