The author, a New York advocate of international fame and a thoughtful conservative, has endowed this collection of reminiscences, essays and public addresses with the brio of his professional life. He reconstructs such roles as his brokerage in the exchange of U-2 pilot Powers for Soviet spy Abel (whom he represented) and in the ransom of prisoners held by the Cuban government after the Bay of Pigs incident. The more occult aspects of lawyering are transmitted, along with notes on the cold war...e.g. a prediction that rapprochement with Cuba is chiefly blocked by the imminent Presidential campaign. With a quick style and a profusion of anecdotes, the author reveals himself as a man well-satisfied by his work behind the historical scenes.