Reason to Believe

Reason to Believe

5.0 1
by Mario Matthew Cuomo
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

As an alternative to the Republican agenda, Cuomo presents a mandate for fulfilling America's potential to be the greatest and most compassionate nation on earth. If we are to overcome our cynicism, reinvent government, and find a new language for discussing our future, we must look to each other. We must "reconcile our profound instinct for individualism with our…  See more details below

Overview

As an alternative to the Republican agenda, Cuomo presents a mandate for fulfilling America's potential to be the greatest and most compassionate nation on earth. If we are to overcome our cynicism, reinvent government, and find a new language for discussing our future, we must look to each other. We must "reconcile our profound instinct for individualism with our inescapable need for a sense of community." For those who long for a voice that rises above the petty political squabbles over gasoline taxes, the minimum wage, and same-sex marriages, Cuomo's Reason to Believe revives our faith, restores our vision, and inspires our hope for America's future.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Former New York Governor Cuomo offers a liberal rebuttal of the Contract with America, offering his own solutions to the nation's current ills. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Chartock (political science, SUNY-New Paltz) hosted a radio show for 12 years on which he interviewed New York's thenGovernor Mario Cuomo once a week discussing whatever issue on the state and national political scene he or the governor felt was worth pursuing. Quoting extensively from the radio dialogs, Chartock looks at the complexitiesand consistenciesin Cuomo's personality and political philosophies. Cuomo should be pleased with this very flattering book, for Chartock portrays the governor as a highly intelligent, insightful, and astute politician; a sensitive, devoted father and husband; and a concerned leader who feels a strong sense of civic responsibility. The governor is also strongly self-critical and always ready to laugh at himself. Cuomo, in his own highly readable and often entertaining book, shows he has been doing a lot more than munching corn chips since he left the governor's mansion. In an impassioned and articulate response to the Republicans' Contract with America, he labels the climate surrounding this Congress the "New Harshness." He characterizes Congressional Republicans as "Running Hard Backwards." And not just 60 years backward to the pre-New Deal days but to the era before the Constitution was framed. Cuomo chides GOP leaders for proposing a system that has been tried and failedone that champions individualism and state sovereignty. He eloquently explains how the progressive government movements that began in this century and evolved through the New Deal and postwar economic boom succeeded because people worked together to solve problems. While he admits to excesses and failures in the system, he decries the GOP reaction as throwing the baby out with the bath water and advocates compromise and coordinated approaches to solving our problems. Libraries in New York State will want Chartock's volume, while Cuomo's book is recommended for political collections across the country.Jill Ortner, SILS, SUNY at Buffalo
Mary Carroll
Readers unhappy with the Contract With/On America will welcome Cuomo's new book, in which the former three-term governor of New York offers readers an alternative vision of the nation's past and future, different diagnoses of our problems, and an eclectic collection of prescriptions for meeting these challenges. There's not much new or startling here: Cuomo credits his commonsensical central argument--that we're all in this together, that our past and future successes are based as much on community as on individualism--to his recently deceased immigrant mother. But Cuomo presents this time-honored argument more eloquently than just about anyone else with access to a large audience. He assesses the mistakes of Democrats as well as those of the neo-Darwinists who push what he labels the "New Harshness," and he critiques some Clinton programs along with GOP proposals. "Reason to Believe" won't convince conservative true believers that the free market can't do it all, but it's an encouraging, fact-and idea-filled manifesto with useful content for almost everyone else.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684815176
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
09/05/1995
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.71(h) x 0.76(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >