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From the Publisher"The State Department Legal adviser heads the most important office in the world for the practice of public international law. This book describes, in their own words, how ten Legal Advisers confronted the salient issues of their tenure. It is a remarkably revealing account of international law in action."
—Stephen M. Schwebel, Former Judge and President of the International Court of Justice
"The State Department legal adviser is the custodian of America's legal relationship with the world, the self-described moral conscience of U.S. foreign policy. In this unique and fascinating book, past legal advisers make a compelling case that a great many debacles of the past 30 years - from the mining of Corinto Harbor to the torture of terror suspects — could have been averted if Presidents sought the legal adviser's counsel before acting."
—Roy Gutman, Pulitzer Prize winner and Foreign Affairs Editor of McClatchy Newspapers
"The absorbing insider accounts of the ten former State Department Legal Advisers contained in this book cover most of the critical foreign policy issues that have confronted the United States during the past three decades. It's a fascinating page turner and an extraordinary testimonial to the importance of international law."
—Richard Goldstone, Former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
"Drawing on a remarkably frank and captivating discussion with ten former US State Department Legal Advisers, this book demonstrates why it is so important for the leading powers to set an example by working within the law and abiding by it."
—Ambassador Hans Corell, Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs
"This riveting volume deserves a wide readership. It is a wonderful collection of insights, shedding light into the vital and influential role of State Department Legal Adviser, a position that can make or break international perceptions of the United States."
—Philippe Sands QC, University College London, author of Torture Team