Larry Pressler

marlene lopez

(Pressler, Larry) Former United States Senator Larry Pressler served in the US Senate for 18 years from 1979-1997. He was the first Vietnam veteran elected to the Senate. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and previously was a Rhodes scholar of Oxford University, England. He is the author of Senator Pressler: An Independent Mission to Save Our Democracy. Senator Pressler has taught/lectured at over twenty universities, including Harvard and UCLA. His latest book is Neighbours in Arms: An American Senator’s Quest for Disarmament in a Nuclear Subcontinent (Penguin/Viking). As chairman of the US Senate’s Arms Control Subcommittee, Larry Pressler advocated the now-famous Pressler Amendment, enforced in 1990. Aid and military sales to Pakistan were blocked, including a consignment of F-16 fighter aircraft, changing forever the tenor of the United States relationships with Pakistan and India, and making Pressler a temporary hero throughout India and a devil in Pakistan. This book reveals what went on behind the scenes in the years when the Pressler Amendment was in force, through a cast of characters that include presidents, prime ministers, senators and generals in the US, India and Pakistan. It exposes the enormous power wielded by the military-industrial complex, and how it controls significant aspects of the American presence in the Indian subcontinent.