A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 9, 1966

"IT was premeditated murder masked by a toothy smile," wrote TIME a quarter of a century ago about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Another of our reports that week concluded: "The U.S. had embarked on the greatest adventure in its history: to make the world really safe for democracy."

On this 25th anniversary, there are still a few staffers here who can recall that frantic Sunday. The first inkling at TIME was a roar from a senior editor as he read the first A.P. wire dispatch. After the initial shock, everything went in orderly progression. Staffers who were on vacation streamed...

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