A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 26, 1981

Jimmy Carter used to say that scarcely an hour passed when he did not think about the hostages. The drama in Tehran has had a similar pull on the staff of TIME. Says Associate Editor Frank B. Merrick, who edited this week's cover story: "We started almost every week gearing up for a breakthrough." The roller-coaster crisis surfaced repeatedly in the pages of the magazine and was the subject of eight cover stories, including one on the Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini, who was named TIME's Man of the Year for 1979.

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