From the Publisher: Apr 30 1990

Supposedly, the siege was over. The North Vietnamese had finally quit Prey Totung, a Cambodian crossroads town, and TIME correspondent Stanley W. Cloud went in to report the story. But within moments after a helicopter dropped Cloud and his photographer to the ground, they realized that the bullets were still flying. The pilot panicked and flew off, leaving the journalists in a schoolyard for two days while U.S. fighter-bombers "wasted" the area with napalm and explosives.

That was 1971. Last month Cloud, 53, now Washington bureau chief, returned to Cambodia for the first time in 18 years. He sought out old...

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