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The U.N.: In or Out
The U.N.: In or Out
By Ernest van den Haag and John P. Conrad
Plenum, 1987, 355 pp

A debate in which the authors state their views, argue with each other, rebut and counter-rebut. The subject is not merely whether America should be in or out of the U.N. and its related agencies but whether these organizations have any useful role at all to play in world affairs. Conrad supports the U.N., van den Haag dismisses it as useless or worse, and in general their exchanges reflect the conflict of views that exists in American society on this issue. However, both take such extreme positions and repeat them so often-as arguments are conducted in many of the proceedings in the U.N. itself-that the debate does not contribute much to the cause of public enlightenment.