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"Gil is a solid scholar and a lucid writer. But never has he written a book like this. It is the passion, the outrage, that distinguishes Moynihan's Moment in Gil's corpus. He has simply found the right subject. Few writers are this lucky." --Stephen H. Hess, Brookings Institution

"...meticulous, well-woven and readable...calls much-needed attention to an issue that reverberates still..." --Robert A. Peck, Jewish Book World

"Troy has written both a quasi-biography of Moynihan and a history of the evil resolution. Both are comprehensive, well integrated, and fluently narrated." --John Bolton, Commentary

"...the new book by the deep and graceful historian Gil Troy...[is] a highly sophisticated intellectual history of liberal America in the last decades of the 20th century..." --Marty Peretz, New York Observer

"Beautifully written, and rich in its insight and analysis, Gil Troy's compelling study of Moynihan's Moment is the definitive account of this episode and of why its legacy is an enduring one." --David G. Dalin, National Review

"...Troy thinks the fight against Resolution 3379 was Moynihan's greatest moment, and it is hard to argue with him." --Suzanne Garment, Jewish Review of Books

"Gil Troy's volume on the late Daniel Moynihan is superb. It demonstrates his power of critical analysis as well as his commitment to what is eternal and noble in Jewishness."
--Elie Wiesel

"Gil Troy's book about Senator Patrick Moynihan's fight to rescind the UN resolution equating Zionism with racism reveals the full extent of Moynihan's leadership, intellect, and integrity. Those qualities are sorely missed in the ongoing battles to prevent the delegitimization of Israel being waged in the UN Assembly and elsewhere." --Edward I. Koch

About the Author

Gil Troy is a leading political historian, and one of today's most prominent activists in the fight against the delegitimization of Israel. He is Professor of History at McGill University, and a Research Fellow in the Shalom Hartman Institute's Engaging Israel Program. Professor Troy's writings have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, and other major media outlets. He writes a weekly column for The Jerusalem Post, and is Editor-at-Large of The Daily Beast's Open Zion blog. Professor Troy is the author of eight books, including biographies of Ronald Reagan and Hillary Rodham Clinton.


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199920303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199920303
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.3 x 6.4 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Gil Troy is the award-winning author of "The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s" which will be published this October by Thomas Dunne Books of St. Martin׳s Press. A Professor of History at McGill University since 1990, and a visiting scholar this fall at The Brookings Institution, this will be his eleventh book. A leading presidential historian, Troy has also written about the history of American presidential elections, Ronald Reagan and the 1980s, Hillary Clinton, the importance of moderation in American democracy, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan's fight as US Ambassador to the UN against the infamous Zionism is Racism resolution. He writes a regular column for the Daily Beast on Forgotten History, putting current events in historical perspective and also writes a regular column for the Jerusalem Post. He has been widely published in The New York Times, The New Republic, and other major media outlets. Long designated by Maclean's Magazine as one of McGill's "Popular Profs," he is a sought-after public speaker.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Maura Moynihan on December 17, 2012
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I have nothing but praise for Prof.. Gil Troy's brilliant rendering of Ambassador Daniel Patrick Moynihan's tenure as US Envoy to the United Nations. Prof. Troy is the first scholar to write about the events that led to the "Zionism Is Racism" UN Resolution, the harm that was done, and the brave and bold response of Amb. Moynihan and his friend and colleague Chiam Herzog, Israel's Ambassador to the UN. I lived through all of it. Amb. Moynihan was my father, and I always felt it was his finest hour, exposing the "Big Red Lie", the handiwork of UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, who was later outed as a Nazi general who oversaw the extermination of tens of thousands of European Jews. Waldheim outlived both Moynihan and Herzog and died in his luxurious chateau in Austria. I thank Prof. Troy for telling this story so that the world will know what happened, why Amb. Moynihan had to resign from the UN, and what Waldheim and his cabal did to the UN and to the world. The book captures the reader with elegant writing, meticulous research, and vivid renderings of those events in 1975 and 76. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the international history of the post war era.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By honorable on February 11, 2013
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Great book on this time of infamy, mainly from 1973 to 1991, when the General Assembly of the United Nations was essentially a "third world dictators' debating society" prone to selective indignation and moral blindness, a "facilitator of human wrongs, an attacker of human rights" and a conceiver of incendiary resolutions incompatible with the advancement of peace. A must read for anyone interested in world peace, the United Nations, zionism, Israel or western civilization.

The key event is the infamous UN Resolution 3379, adopted on Nov. 19 1975. It equated jewish nationalism with racism. Moynihan recognized immediately that this resolution was "a totalitarian assault against democracy itself." Because of Resolution 3379, zionism was condemned in any conference or venue focusing on racism, and that was done in total impunity for 16 years in a row. The second key event is Resolution 46/86, adopted on Dec. 16 1991: it "revoked the determination contained in Resolution 3379".

Gil Troy presents the background events leading to Resolution 3379. Then he moves to the main events (1975 to 1991) and their aftermath after 1991. Despite the world-wide infamies he had to go through, he is exceedingly fair and scholarly towards all protagonists. His presentation is crisp, clear, enjoyable and free of repetitions.

While the outrageous lie about zionism was debated and approved at the United Nations, 3 million Cambodians were being murdered in total impunity. The black racist murderer Idi Amin Dada received a standing ovation in the General Assembly while he was "midway through a tenure of terror (1971 to 1979) during which he would murder as many as 300 000 Ugandans", 250 000 of them of Asian origin.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T Young on January 29, 2013
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With great clarity, Gil Troy reminds us that the efforts to deligitimize Israel are nothing new, and that charismatic, courageous leaders can have a profound impact on history (even if few appear to be in political office today). At a time when America's international influence was on the decline as a result of the Vietnam War and other factors, efforts aimed at questioning Israel's moral standing and overall legitimacy were on the rise with support from Soviet-backed third-world countries and the Arab bloc at the UN. These efforts reached a peak with the passage of UN Resolution 3379 equating Zionism with racism, an affront to the Jewish national movement that would remain on the books for more than sixteen years. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, already a gifted academic and strong orator, mounted a spirited opposition to the resolution, seeing it not just as an attack against Israel, but also against Western values. The book describes the steps leading up to the UN vote, as well as the efforts of Moynihan to garner support in opposition to it, culminating with his fiery speech on the UN floor. Troy's work gives us great insight into the life and career of the principled Moynihan, who would later serve in the US Senate, earning respect from colleagues and commentators on both sides of the aisle. An added benefit of the book is the look it provides into the machinations of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a powerful and controversial leader who obviously exerted tremendous influence on American policy throughout the decade. Overall, Moynihan's Moment is a terrific read by a talented author and educator.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on February 3, 2013
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Daniel Patrick Moynihan was an eloquent and courageous American politician. He was also a sociologist and scholar of Urban Affairs. He served three terms in the United States Senate, and was Ambassador to India. But according to Gil Troy his greatest moment came when he representing the United States at the U.N. stood up and said that the United States would not recognize or accept the resolution equating Zionism, the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, with Racism. Troy's description of that dramatic moment is in itself a small masterwork of writing. Moynihan's courage in confronting the 'Big Lie' won the plaudits of the American people ,and was a turning point for him in his own career. He soon after resigned his U.N. Post because of disagreements with then Secretary of State Kissinger. But the dramatic defense of free world values made him into a heroic figure. He had understood that the defense of Israel was not a parochial partisan issue but rather a defense of American values , a defense of Truth and Freedom.
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