From the Publisher: Mar 12 1990

Whenever the staffers of the World section are stumped by questions like "Whatever happened to Albania's would-be King Leka?" or "What do you call those high-collared dresses that Chinese women wear?" someone is eventually bound to say, "Well, Bruce would know."

Bruce Nelan, that is. In his 25 years of reporting around the globe for TIME, Nelan has amassed an encyclopedic store of lore, which makes him not only a writer of remarkable depth but also a thoroughly engaging lunch date. "You also should see him when Jeopardy! comes on," says reporter- researcher Sinting Lai. (King Leka, as Nelan can tell...

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