Francis Plimpton was the personification of that endangered but remarkably durable species, the gentleman lawyer-diplomat. He had a long distinguished career in the law and was deputy permanent representative to the United Nations under Adlai Stevenson from 1961 to 1965-a period which Richard N. Gardner called "the golden age of the U.S. Mission." Pauline Ames Plimpton has collected and edited his papers, speeches and articles, and comments and reminiscences from friends and family. They recall a man of wit, civility, and great breadth of interest.