A Letter From the Publisher: May 16, 1988

Senior White House Correspondent Barrett Seaman was six miles above the Atlantic when he got his first look at Donald Regan's book For the Record. It was a heady experience. "I had been asked to read the manuscript and offer an opinion as to whether TIME ought to publish excerpts from it," recalls Seaman, who took the memoirs of the former White House chief of staff along on a vacation to the Bahamas last March. "Settling in for the flight to Nassau, I picked up the text. Not a minute later, almost involuntarily, I let forth a cry that caused several...

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