A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 1, 1984

Andrei Gromyko first appeared on the cover of TIME in 1947, when he was Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister. He was featured most recently last June, when the magazine reported that his influence in the Kremlin had reached an unprecedented level. Gromyko's arrival in the U.S. to meet with President Reagan and Democratic Candidate Mondale this week gave TIME'S editors a valuable opportunity to assess the state of the superpower relationship and its impact on the domestic political scene.

Associate Editor William Doerner, who wrote the cover story, has visited the Soviet Union twice, in...

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