The background on the cover was
derived from a photo of Benito Mussolini
addressing a crowd at Rome's
Palazzo Venezia (mid to late 1930's).
Epstein's head on the cover was
modeled on the painting
Study of a Bearded Man With Hands Raised,
Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1616).
The statue on the cover is a faithful
reproduction of The Motherland Calls,
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