From The Publisher: Mar. 9, 1992

Let's come right out and admit it. Among TIME's 26 bureaus around the world, some postings are considered more desirable than others, and Rome is right atop the list. Apart from the allure of the Eternal City itself, Cathy Booth's four years there featured a string of challenging assignments. She covered the papacy and the World Cup soccer matches, rushed to the Iraqi border to interview refugees when the gulf war broke out, and risked shellfire during a hydroplane foray into Lebanon. So at first, she admits, it "didn't exactly seem like a reward" when, 17 months ago, she was named...

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