A Letter From the Publisher: Aug. 4, 1986

Months before his visit to Africa last week, Chief of Correspondents Henry Muller filed a request for an interview with Ethiopian Leader Mengistu Haile Mariam. Success seemed unlikely. Mengistu has been largely inaccessible to the Western press in the dozen years since he and fellow military officers overthrew Emperor Haile Selassie. Muller had reason to hope he might be an exception. Eighteen years earlier, he and his wife Maggie McComas, now an associate editor at FORTUNE, had gone to Ethiopia to teach school as Peace Corps volunteers. Just as Muller was about to embark, word was passed along from Addis Ababa...

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