FRANCE: Man of the Year

(See Cover) Appearing and disappearing with bewildering rapidity, the scenes that flashed across history's screen in 1958 often had the disjointed quality of a surrealist movie. Some were dramatic portents of a world to come — missiles trailing a fiery glow as they took off for deep space, bearing with them a gadget that, when asked, sent back the recorded voice of the President of the U.S., another that reported wondrously complicated readings on radiation far beyond the atmosphere.

Some reflected the temper of the times —a...

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