It's hard to conceive of a more timely book than Gil Troy's "Moynihan Moment."
Troy captures an era that has returned, and with a vengeance--the movement to delegitimize Israel. Today it is BDS; in the 1970s it was "Zionism as racism." The two are simply two sides of the same coin, and with the same objective: not to oppose Israel's policies but Israel's existence.
In this lucid, clear-eyed and deeply researched book, Troy describes how UN Resolution 3379 was a direct result of Soviet machinations, which, as he points out, were grounded in virulent anti-Semitism. Unable to counter the resolution, Moynihan denounced it with an eloquence that reverberates today, when the U.S. frequently fails to take a sufficiently moral, forthright position in world bodies. Moynihan's unabashed stance was directly opposed by Henry Kissinger, who is portrayed in this book as back-stabbing and insincere.
Troy goes on to deal with the aftermath of the resolution, its 1991 revocation, the Durban disaster of 2001, in which anti-Semitism was on display in an open and brazen manner not seen since the Nuremberg rallies.
This book is of particular value to those of us who are troubled by the preoccupation with Israel by many on the left and their connivance with radical Islam, which runs counter to true progressive values. Troy's book provides valuable insights into that disturbing phenomenon.