A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 4, 1971

DESPITE a period of intense domestic debate and turmoil in the U.S., TIME turns for its Man of the Year for 1970 to a foreign statesman who already stands as a great innovator of his time. By becoming the first West German politician willing to accept the full consequences of defeat in World War II, West German Chancellor Willy Brandt moved to shape events rather than react to them, and presented a challenge to Communist Europe that has great potential significance for the rest of the world.

That challenge is examined in the cover story by David Tinnin, who has been deeply...

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