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The Making of Resolution 242
The Making of Resolution 242
By Sydney D. Bailey
Martinus Nijhoff, 1985, 252 pp

This is more than a legislative history of U.N. Security Council Resolution 242; it is a diplomatic history of the Middle East crisis and war of 1967, with summary treatment of what came before and what followed. Bailey repeats much of what has been already said but his work has special merits: he tracks down controversial points and decisions, weighing the written evidence and supplementing it with interviews and correspondence; he describes with great skill the role of the United Nations and its then secretary-general (U Thant); and he is cool and impartial without eschewing personal judgments and conclusions.