A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 1, 1974

"Détente," laments Associate Editor Gerald Clarke, who wrote our cover story, "too often gets built up as if it were a sexy toothpaste or a sensational new car. It's not a grand millennial package — it's an accommodation of mutual interests. My job was to try to demythologize the subject." Clarke has been making sense out of complex stories for TIME for nine years, following his education at Yale, Heidelberg and Harvard, and some newspapering on the New Haven Journal-Courier and the Baltimore Sun. A veteran of most sections of the magazine, he...

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