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Regulating Covert Action: Practices, Contexts, and Policies of Covert Coercion Abroad in International and American Law. By W. Michael Reisman & James E. Baker. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992. Pp. 250 (Cloth). Price: $28.50.

Academic reputations and dust-jacket comments can be misleading, but when I first picked up Regulating Covert Action and read the high praise on the back of the jacket from both the very liberal Princeton Professor Richard A. Falk and the comparably conservative former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick - both of whom I hold in high regard - I anticipated a delightful and rewarding read. I was not disappointed.

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