From The Publisher: Mar. 8, 1993

IT WAS PAST MIDNIGHT WHEN HENRY R. LUCE AND BRITON Hadden and their colleagues jammed themselves into three taxis and drove to a printing plant in downtown Manhattan. Working till dawn, they wrote copy to fill holes and supplied captions for illustrations that years later were described as looking as though they had been engraved on pieces of bread.

Those were heady hours. Luce and Hadden, recently out of Yale, had struggled for about a year scrounging up financial backing to launch a radically new idea in journalism: a weekly newsmagazine that aimed to summarize world events and organize them in...

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