A Letter From the Publisher: Feb. 18, 1985

In addition to covering and analyzing the week's news, TIME occasionally offers its readers a bonus: an advance look at the memoirs of historic figures. Nikita Khrushchev, Anwar Sadat, Henry Kissinger and Jimmy Carter are among the world leaders whose books have been excerpted in the magazine. The current selection is something of a break with tradition: the author, Soviet Defector Arkady Shevchenko, was virtually unknown outside diplomatic and political circles. Only with the sensational revelations in his new book, Breaking with Moscow, does he emerge from the shadowy world of superpower espionage. Last week's eleven-page excerpt carried Shevchenko's insights on...

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