To Our Readers: Apr. 13, 1998

For the past 75 years, TIME has engaged readers by presenting the news of the week, and by offering a look ahead. This week, though, the magazine has broadened its purview to present the story of the century. It's an amazing tale, and like the very best literature, it grabs readers not only with its twists of plot and its resonant themes but also with a collection of characters that dance in our minds, the great men and women who with their lives wrote the history of our times.

This issue--which names and profiles the 20 most influential Leaders and Revolutionaries...

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