A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 7, 1959

IN the issue of Jan. 4, 1960, TIME will reveal the identity of its 23rd Man of the Year—the person who, for good or evil, most powerfully influenced the course of events in 1959.

TIME'S first Man of the Year was announced in the issue of Jan. 2, 1928. He was Charles Augustus Lindbergh, who eight months before had soloed the Atlantic in 33½ hours. Since then, the annual choice by TIME'S editors has become a journalistic tradition. The choice is neither an accolade nor a moral judgment: Hitler was Man of the Year in 1938. Nor is a symbolic figure ruled...

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