A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 2, 1984

The naming of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Yuri Andropov as Men of the Year marks the third occasion on which the editors of TIME have made a double selection. In 1937 TIME named China's Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and Madame Soong Mei-ling as Man and Wife of the Year for staunchly resisting the invading Japanese. Thirty-five years later, in 1972, President Richard Nixon and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger were chosen for their efforts to realign U.S. diplomacy and end the Viet Nam War. Each of these pairings was made up of celebrated figures who shared not only cover...

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