A Letter From the Publisher: Jun. 16, 1986

Only seven times in the past 16 years has TIME stepped back from its responsibility to the reader for a comprehensive presentation of the week's news to devote the bulk of an issue to a single special subject. This is such an occasion, an unabashed (mostly), eclectic and breezy celebration in stories and illustrations of what America does best, either in the view of Americans or as perceived by the rest of the world. The difference in perspective can be quite startling; see, for example, People.

This issue is our contribution to the very special Fourth of July the nation will...

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