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Journeys to War and Peace

A Congressional Memoir

In this remarkable book, recounting his long, influential career as a congressman from New York, Stephen Solarz gives an insider’s view of the life of a hard-working legislator in the forefront of democracy movements and human rights during a tumultuous time in our nation’s history. A member of the class of 1974, the so-called “Watergate” class, when 75 freshman Democrats were elected to the Congress, Solarz was part of the group that brought about a power shift in the House from an inner circle of senior committee chairs to a much larger group of subcommittee leaders. Early on he sought and won a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he earned a reputation as an expert in international relations, traveling to more than 100 countries and meeting the likes of Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin, Nelson Mandela, Indira Gandhi, Saddam Hussein, Kim Il Sung, and Robert Mugabe. Solarz gives fascinating, detailed descriptions of his role in bringing democracy to South Korea and Taiwan, the triumph of people power in the Philippines, the peace agreement in Cambodia, the abolition of apartheid in South Africa, and the adoption of the resolution authorizing the use of force in the first Gulf War. Written in an engaging style, Journeys to War and Peace will appeal to all who value the struggle for human rights and seek a better understanding between differing cultures and peoples.

272 pages | 6 x 9

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Norman Ornstein • Preface • Prologue: The Making of a Congressman • Congressional Travel: Boon or Boondoggle? • Crossing the Allenby Bridge: Israel, the Arabs, and the Peace Process • A Jewish Agenda: Rescue Abroad and Relief at Home • African Encounters: Liberation Struggles, Civil War, Corruption, and Tyranny • Indochina: Bringing Peace to Cambodia, Protecting Vietnamese “Boat People” • The Philippines: The Impossible Dream • Korea and Taiwan: The Struggle for Democracy and Human Rights • South Asia: The “Voice of India in Congress” and “the Lafayette of Pakistani Democracy” • Central America and Cuba: Revolutions Closer to Home • Encounters in Europe: Turkey, Cyprus, and Poland • The Gulf War: When Evil Is on the March, It Must Be Confronted • The Year of the Shlemazel • Epilogue: Lessons Learned • Acknowledgments • Index

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