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Crown Publishing announced that a new book by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo titled “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” will be released on October 13, 2020, just three weeks before election day, as the Associated Press notes. According to Crown, the book will provide Cuomo’s “personal reflections and the decision-making that shaped his policy, and offers his frank accounting and assessment of his interactions with the federal government and the White House, as well as other state and local political and health officials.”
Last night, Governor Cuomo spoke at the Democratic National Convention. He called the Trump administration “dysfunctional and incompetent” and the coronavirus a metaphor for a divided and weakened country. Referring to New York’s success in battling the virus, he said:
We saw the failure of a government that tried to deny the virus, then tried to ignore it and then tried to politicize it — the failed federal government that watched New York get ambushed by their negligence and then watch New York suffer, but all through it learned absolutely nothing.
This sentiment will be echoed in his book, as Cuomo has said he wants to document this time in history to help ensure it is not repeated.
In the early months of the COVID crisis, during which time New York was the international epicenter of the pandemic, Governor Cuomo gained somewhat of a cult following, garnering the nickname Cuomosexual and causing journalists to lament how they’ve fallen in love with him. Americans from all parts of the country turned to his daily press briefings for a data- and science-driven approach. To date, the state of New York has seen 425,916 coronavirus cases and nearly 33,000 deaths. On April 9, at its worst, the state saw 799 deaths in a single day. Now, however, “on the other side of the mountain,” as the governor would say, New York’s average daily infection rate has been one percent or lower since June and the state is conducting close to 90,000 tests on some days.
Andrew Cuomo has authored two previous books, All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life in 2014 and Crossroads: The Future of American Politics in 2003.
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