A Letter From the Publisher: Feb. 11, 1985

Just before the closing of this week's cover story, which consists of excerpts from a new book by a top Soviet diplomatic defector, TIME's art department faced an urgent problem: it needed shots of Soviet leaders of the 1950s and '60s, plus key events in U.S.-Soviet relations of that period. Within a few hours, almost 200 color and black-and-white photographs arrived. Artist Daniel Maffia used many of these as reference material to guide him in creating the illustrations that accompany the story.

The source of these images was the Time Inc. Picture Collection, the largest privately owned, fully cataloged library of...

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