Eban has been a towering figure in Israeli politics since the country's 1948 founding, representative to the United Nations and ambassador to the United States are just two of his many credentials. He has also authored a number of books on the Mideast and Israeli politics. This work is based largely on a set of lectures at Yale that underscored ethical and moral issues facing government, society, and individuals. Although many of the major themes appear to have been derived from Eban's earlier works, there is some updating of material. An especially strong chapter on the United Nations focuses on the role of traditional diplomacy in international organization, as opposed to those who tend to see global issues through the more visionary prospects of some new world order. This relatively short book packs a lot of political savvy and demonstrates insight into the international political decision-making process.