A detailed, fascinating (though one-sided) record of the process that culminated in the signing, on March 26, 1979, of the Camp David peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, brokered by President Carter. Boutros-Ghali, until recently the secretary- general of the UN, served from 1977 to 1991 as Egypt's minister of state for foreign affairs. A scholar and a member of an influential family (his grandfather was prime minister of Egypt), Boutros-Ghali was recruited by the shrewd, mercurial Anwar Sadat to help in the delicate process of developing a new relationship with Israel. The narrative, focusing on the years 197779, includes some sharp portraits of Boutros-Ghali's diplomatic colleagues in the Arab world (though his views of American and Israeli diplomats seem rather one-dimensional), and gives a convincing view of the awkward, tortuous, exhausting process of international diplomacy. Of use to historians, but too detailed and partisan to be of much interest to a general audience.