Speaking Out

A Congressman's Lifelong Fight Against Bigotry, Famine, and War

By Paul Findley; Helen Thomas (Foreword by)
(Lawrence Hill Books, Hardcover, 9781569766255, 330pp.)

Publication Date: June 2011

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In his twenty-two years as an Illinois congressman and in the years since he left office, Paul Findley has fought to eradicate famine, end wars, and eliminate bigotry in U.S. foreign policy. This sweeping political memoir opens with Findley’s early days in rural Pittsfield, Illinois, and chronicles his service during six administrations in Washington. His many accomplishments in Congress include authoring the Famine Prevention Act, coauthoring the 1973 War Powers Resolution, leading agricultural trade missions to the Soviet Union and China, and strongly opposing the Vietnam War. This autobiography is also a no-holds-barred critique of Israel’s lobby and its toll on the national interests of the United States. Few politicians are so openly critical of their government, and Findley’s opinions on what he believes to be disastrous foreign policy provide a unique behind-the-scenes perspective on the shaping of these policies in the latter half of the twentieth century.




About the Author
Stephen J. Sniegoski is the author of many articles on political philosophy, World War II, communism, and the American war in Iraq. His essay "Neoconservatives, Israel, and 9/11: The Origins of the U.S. War on Iraq" is included in the anthology "Neoconned! Again," He holds his doctorate from the University of Maryland, where he studied American diplomatic history under Dr. Wayne S. Cole, whose papers are now part of the Hoover Presidential Library Research Collection. He lives in Adelphi, Maryland. Paul Findley is a former congressman from Illinois and a cofounder of the Council for the National Interest, a Washington advocacy group. He is the author of "They to Dare Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby." He lives in Jacksonville, Illinois. Paul Gottfried, PhD, is the author of "Conservatism in America." He lives in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

Helen Thomas is the dean of the White House press corps. The recipient of more than forty honorary degrees, she was honored in 1998 with the inaugural Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award, established by the White House Correspondents' Association. The author of "Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President; Front Row at the White House;" and "Dateline: White House, " she lives in Washington, D.C., where she writes a syndicated column for "Hearst."
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