Moynihan’s Moment. By Gil Troy
A Jewish Ideas Daily Best Book of 2012

Gil Troy

Moynihan’s Moment

America’s Fight Against Zionism As Racism

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Critical Acclaim

“Gil Troy’s volume on the late Daniel Patrick 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
“…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…” —Edward I. Koch
“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.” —Stephen H. Hess, Brookings Institution
“A must-read book this season…with lessons for today that have never been more timely or relevant.” —Hillel Neuer, UN Watch



About the Book

Moynihan’s Moment tells the previously untold story of America’s fight—by legendary statesman Daniel Patrick Moynihan—against the 1975 UN Resolution that called Zionism a form of racism. Moynihan’s Moment examines world events that led to the drafting of the resolution, recounts Moynihan’s political maneuverings to prevent its passage, and traces the effects this historic episode had on the UN, the US-Israel relationship, and world opinion. Moynihan’s Moment captures a pivotal moment on the international political stage that launched a major political career, fostered a confrontational approach to American foreign policy, emboldened the US-Israel relationship, and marked the beginning of an era in which Israel would continuously need to defend its right to exist.

About the Author

Gil Troy is a leading presidential 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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“The United States rises to declare, before the General Assembly of the United Nations, and before the world, that it does not acknowledge, it will not abide by, it will never acquiesce in this infamous act.” —Daniel Patrick Moynihan, UN Speech, November 10, 1975