A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 3, 1979

Correspondent Marcia Gauger has a fine professional facility for being in the right place at a stimulating time. Three years ago, while on loan from TIME to teach journalism at the American University in Cairo, she was caught in one of the riots over high Egyptian food prices that rattled the government of President Anwar Sadat. This year, even before settling in as the magazine's New Delhi bureau chief, she covered the collapse of the government of Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai.

But nothing can match the timing that Gauger demonstrated last week: she was the only journalist inside the U.S....

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