A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 21, 1959

THE news, like a great river, gathers its unity and strength and direction from the tributaries of seemingly separate events. It is TIME'S weekly purpose not only to follow those tributaries from their sources in the past but to show and give them meaning at their confluence in contemporary history.

Last week, in the wake of President Eisenhower's trip to Western Europe and on the eve of Nikita Khrushchev's visit to the U.S., historic events were in full flood, political leaders and diplomats rode a crest of world interest and hope. TIME describes those events —and relates them the one to the...

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