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Title:
The contender : Andrew Cuomo, a biography
Author:
Shnayerson, Michael, author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Twelve, 2015.
Physical Description:
529 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations; 24 cm
Summary:
Andrew Cuomo is the protagonist of an ongoing political saga that reads like a novel. In many ways, his rise, fall, and rise again is an iconic story: a young American politician of vaunting ambition, aiming for nothing less than the presidency. Building on his father's political success, a first run for governor in 2002 led to a stinging defeat, and a painful, public divorce from Kerry Kennedy, scion of another political dynasty, Cuomo had to come back from seeming political death and reinvent himself. He did so, brilliantly, by becoming New York's attorney general, and compiling a record that focused on public corruption. In winning the governorship in 2010, he promised to clean up America's most corrupt legislature. He is blunt and combative, the antithesis of the glad-handing, blow-dried senator or governor who tries to please one and all. He's also proven he can make his legislature work, alternately charming and arm-twisting his colleagues with a talent for political strategy reminiscent of President Lyndon Johnson. Political pundits tend to agree that for Cuomo, a run for the White House is not a question of whether, but when.
General Note:
Twelve is an imprint of Grand Central Publishing. The Twelve name and logo are tradmarks of Hachette Book Group, Inc.--t.p. verso.
Language:
English
Personal Subject:
ISBN:
9781455521999
Format :
Book

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Andrew Cuomo is the protagonist of an ongoing political saga that reads like a novel. In many ways, his rise, fall, and rise again is an iconic story: a young American politician of vaunting ambition, aiming for nothing less than the presidency. Building on his father's political success, a first run for governor in 2002 led to a stinging defeat, and a painful, public divorce from Kerry Kennedy, scion of another political dynasty, Cuomo had to come back from seeming political death and reinvent himself.

He did so, brilliantly, by becoming New York's attorney general, and compiling a record that focused on public corruption. In winning the governorship in 2010, he promised to clean up America's most corrupt legislature. He is blunt and combative, the antithesis of the glad-handing, blow-dried senator or governor who tries to please one and all. He's also proven he can make his legislature work, alternately charming and arm-twisting his colleagues with a talent for political strategy reminiscent of President Lyndon Johnson. Political pundits tend to agree that for Cuomo, a run for the White House is not a question of whether, but when.


Author Notes

Michael Shnayerson is a staff writer at Vanity Fair. He lives in New York.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

The hook of this biography from Shnayerson (Coal River)--that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is still a legitimate presidential prospect--may have been overtaken by events: the January 2015 arrest of Sheldon Silver reinforced the state's image as a cesspool of corruption, despite Cuomo's pledge to clean up Albany. The governor is certainly a fascinating figure, but even readers with a negative view of him are likely to have qualms about the author's persistent use of anonymous sources. Shnayerson, belatedly, explains that many of the people he spoke with were afraid of getting on Cuomo's bad side, but does not provide any basis to credit their accounts or indicate what efforts he took to corroborate them. This is a serious failing, as the author gives space to some significant innuendos, including speculation that Cuomo may have tipped off investigators to his predecessor's use of prostitutes, the scandal that led to Eliot Spitzer's resignation and set the stage for Cuomo's 2010 election. There's enough that's well-documented about Cuomo, both good and bad, to make resorting to unsubstantiated reports unnecessary, and this biography, intended to be definitive, is not. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The High Pointp. 1
Chapter 2 The Men in the Familyp. 15
Chapter 3 From Andy to Andrewp. 33
Chapter 4 A Loyalty Like Heatp. 47
Chapter 5 The Enforcerp. 62
Chapter 6 A Cause to Embracep. 74
Chapter 7 In Search of a Killingp. 86
Chapter 8 Cuomolotp. 101
Chapter 9 Waterloo in White Plainsp. 116
Chapter 10 Mr. Cuomo Goes to Washingtonp. 129
Chapter 11 Rise to Powerp. 143
Chapter 12 Mr. Secretaryp. 154
Chapter 13 A Nemesis to Contend Withp. 168
Chapter 14 A Last Chance for Changep. 181
Chapter 15 Running into the Groundp. 200
Chapter 16 Hitting Bottomp. 222
Chapter 17 Attorney General with a Vengeancep. 239
Chapter 18 Managing the Meltdownp. 253
Chapter 19 Man of the Peoplep. 272
Chapter 20 Going for Governorp. 283
Chapter 21 A State in Need of Savingp. 296
Chapter 22 Like Midasp. 313
Chapter 23 Making Enemiesp. 325
Chapter 24 The Great Allure of Gamingp. 346
Chapter 25 Guns and Butterp. 365
Chapter 26 Scandalmaniap. 384
Chapter 27 Less Is Morelandp. 397
Chapter 28 Starting Againp. 421
Chapter 29 Full Circlep. 435
Notesp. 453
Acknowledgmentsp. 515
Indexp. 517

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