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This artful and engaging book of the Blaustein Lectures, given at Columbia in 1970, poses a preliminary question: Who wrote it? Professor Jessup, Judge Jessup, or Ambassador Jessup?
We can put Judge Jessup to one side. He scarcely makes an appearance, even in the footnotes, sitting in his stiff Dutch palace, dressed in his stiff continental robes, and pronouncing formal opinions in the Roman style of the Code.
At first, it seems obvious that it is the Ambassador's book. The lectures have the disarming air of worldly and rather resigned after-dinner ruminations—good ruminations, after an excellent, ambassadorial dinner—ruminations altogether appropriate to the classic interval for serious men's talk, while the host and his gentlemen guests are enjoying brandy and cigars, before they rise to join the ladies.
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